The greatest works in life spark curiosity, feeling and self-reflection. While Stan Originals latest series may not be compared with da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, its small screen debut captures anyone that views it. Set to drop on the Australian streaming service on New Year’s Day, “Bloom” poses one philosophical question: What would you do differently in your life if given the chance?
One year after a devastating flood kills locals in an idyllic country town, a mysterious new plant appears with the power to restore youth – but at what cost? Starring Jacki Weaver, Bryan Brown, Phoebe Tonkin and Ryan Corr, the six-part series is an expert fusion of gripping drama and Aussie comedy.
“I really like the idea that it was outside the box, I hadn’t read anything like it particularly in this country,” Ryan told ICON. “I thought it was taking risks.”
A complex layering of overlapping stories and intertwining relationships, the series surrounds the story of Ray (played by Australian icon Bryan Brown) a retired astronomer who takes care of his wife, Gwen (played by Jacki Weaver) a former actress who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Ray finds a mysterious super-plant washed in by the flood that has the power to restore youth – and in a final bid to save Gwen, feeds her the drug, later waking up as her younger self (Phoebe Tonkin). At the same time, Sam (played by Ryan Corr) blows into town causing chaos in all corners, with stolen cars and arrests.
In three words, Corr describes the drama as, “mystery, youth and fable.”
“There were a few aspects in Bloom that were challenging. First of all, this is uncharted territory, so we came into the script having an idea of what this [super-plant] did, but the tale of [the first] three episodes were not completed.”
“When you return back to an earlier life, there is a hunger for things that you may have missed, when growing up,” Corr had said describing Bloom. “Many of the things you may have suppressed have been brought to the surface, and many primal urges, hunger, sexuality – there is sort of a charge to it. There’s an element of it taking something from you when its over. Although you return, you may return a different person.”
With the most powerful message in the new series, asking “What would you do differently in your life, if give the chance?”, we thought we’d put the question to the 29-year-old.
“I think we are a product of our ups and downs in life and our failures and our successes and I think a life lived in regret is a wasted one. I’d probably go back, and tell young Ryan, I’d give him a tap on the shoulder and say, ‘It is ok. You’ve got time, don’t sweat the small stuff, and take extra time to live in the present as much as possible.’ ”
To learn more, tune in below as Grazia’s Jessica Bailey sits down with Corr and Tonkin. Bloom launches on Stan from January 1.