The Young Tycoons

The first generation acquires it, the second builds it and the third – destroys it and never deserved it. So says the fathers (and loyal staff) of two junior media magnates (magnatinos?) from rival media families, as they play out their entitled lives and dubious business decisions in the face of intense media scrutiny and public interest. There is no mistaking this is based on the story of James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch’s ill fated venture into Onetel, as the generational power was transitioned from canny old world media fathers to their less than savvy sons. The House of Vogler, a media empire built around network prestige is run by Ted Vogler (Laurence Coy), a rough and brutish man who gets his way through bullying, even into the pants of his son’s fiance Sally Kilmartin (Paige Gardiner). Vogler’s son Kim (Edmund Lembke-Hogan) is out to prove to his father that he can be trusted to build his fathers empire even further. Buying shares in new tech Lorcacorp for $1 billion which soon sink to be worth less than a million, is however a shattering beginner’s mistake. The House of Warburton, a rival operation, is run by media king, Liam Warburton (John Turnbull) and which presents a more urbane approach with its interests in global publishing. Warburton’s son Trevor (Andrew Cutcliffe), with the Harvard education polish, is also out to impress his father and cuts the grass of long term Warburton company man Donald Mayes (Terry Serio) as Trevor takes over the top job with his father’s blessing. With girlfriend Sherilyn (Gabrielle Scawthorn) by his side, he is the measure of success, albeit with a minor dint in the family fortune due to the much smaller investment in Lorcacorp that Warbuton took. An entertaining foray into the lives of the Australian rich and shameless, where the scenes are played out almost as 30 second grabs in front of a wood panelled set which goes from boardroom to beachhouse with each scene subtitled like a newsflash. Through the eyes of the average punters, PA for Kim Vogler Kylie Strauss (Briallen Clarke) and business journo David Grolsch (James Lugton), the demands and vices of these young tycoons are revealed for their ugliness and sadness. A dark comedy written by CJ Johnson and directed by Michael Pigott. 2 hours including interval. Eternity Playhouse Darlinghurst

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