Four years in the making
In an interview with Melbourne Woman (28 February 1988 issue, p.5) she stated that the outline of the Bartons was in the works from 1984 (she states she's been working at it for four years by 1988).
She applied for a grant from the Australian Film Commission in 1985 and with that, a lot of her own money and a lot of hard work, she made her short film The Siege of Barton's Bathroom.
The "right Elly" and exploding switchboards
[*Rebekah Elmalouglou played Elly in the short film. Her name is misspelt in the character description. -Erwin]
Brothers, parents, neighbours and friends
On the air and off again, foreign success
Heavy issues, like death or divorce, would also be avoided. The stories told were to be the kind of "adventures" real kids live everyday, in their everyday lives and everyday friendships.
Just weeks before we meet her in the series, Anita starts to go "boy crazy" (in Elly's words; mentioned in the book) and develops a crush on Vince Capaletti, the local football team's captain. She fantasises about marrying him and takes every opportunity to change the subject matter to Vince when talking to Elly (again, more so in the book than on the television series).
Anita's crush on Vince makes way for true love in episode three, and Paul's the lucky man. He just doesn't know it yet, and Anita spends the next nine episodes building up the courage to tell him. She's eventually forced to do so by events in the final episode.
Anita aspires to be a real lady. This is extra difficult when you have a tom-boyish friend like Elly. She's a so called "Brownie" (young girl scout) when the series starts and becomes a "Girl Guide" (older girl scout) somewhere between the events of the episodes The Barton League of Bird Lovers and Beautiful Beetroot (as she's already a Guide in the flashbacks in that episode).
Other than being a Guide, Anita likes embroidery, wearing dresses, have her hair done and experiments with make-up. In short; she's in some ways the complete opposite of Elly. When Elly's not around, she initially prefers to hang out with the younger kids in the neighbourhood, with her younger sisters Yvonne and Simone acting as a gateway. Later this changes to Susan, who's also a Guide.
She's prone to nosebleeds, which is used as a plot device in two episodes.
Although Anita sometimes gets bossed around by Elly, and often gets dragged into whatever Elly is plotting, she certainly can stand her ground when it comes to it. Often challenging Elly, or even opposing her. But in the end, Elly and Anita are best friends through and through.
Vince Capaletti (Christian Pellone) is a class mate and friend of Paul's and the captain of the Banksia Blues, the Australian rules football team where Paul plays/played. Vince is Anita's first crush until she finds out Vince and Susan Davies are in love with each other.
Use the links below to find out more. And don't forget the interviews with cast and crew; accessible through either the crew page or under the Interviews tab in the menu. More will be added in time as I track down some more people.
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