One of ABC’s most ambitious drama serial Palace of Dreams tells the story of the Mendel family, owners of the working class Sydney Hotel the Dundee Palace, seen through the eyes of writer Tom Raynor who lives in the hotel.
This is gorgeous stuff, fully involving and beautifully shot, Michael O’Neill headlines as Tom but Henri Szeps steals the serial with his portrayal of head of the Mendel household Mick. The exterior shots of the pub were filmed at the Olympic Hotel in Darlinghurst.
Australia / ABC / 10×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1985
Writers: Denny Lawrence, John Misto, John Upton, Ian David, Debra Oswald, Marc Rosenberg / Idea: Sandra Levy / Design: Geoffrey Wedlock / Costume: Janet Patterson, Marcus North / Music: Chris Neal / Producer: Sandra Levy / Directors: Denny Lawrence, Geoffrey Nottage, Graham Thorburn, David Goldie, Riccardo Pellizzeri
HENRI SZEPS as Mick
DEIDRE RUBENSTEIN as Chana
LINDA CROPPER as Miriam
SUSIE LINDERMAN as Ruth
SEVERYN PEJSACHOWICZ as Grandfather
DURAND SINCLAIR as Joseph
MICHAEL O’NEILL as Tom