Shunned, abused and tortured: David Berry portrays what many gay men endured in 1950s Australia
ACTOR David Berry would be so traumatised by his television character some days that he’d break down in hysterics on set.
The 31-year-old star of A Place To Call Home would be totally inconsolable — a sobbing mess. And he began to take the heavy experiences of James Bligh with him at the end of a day’s filming.
It wasn’t just the heavy storylines from the Foxtel period drama, set in 1950s Australia — it was that so much truth was woven in to the fictional heir to a farming fortune.
James is married but gay and, in the previous two seasons, has experienced everything from forbidden love to family disapproval and even horrific “treatments” including electroshock.
“In the beginning, I did a lot of research about what it meant to be a gay man in this era,” Berry said.