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Veteran Australian actress Heather Mitchell has opened up about her battle with cancer and how she wanted to highlight the disease in her new movie.
The two-time cancer survivor revealed it was her idea to have her character struggle with the disease in her new Stan holiday film, Jones’ Family Christmas.
In the movie, the veteran fan favourite plays Heather, an eccentric matriarch fighting cancer who desperately wanting to bring her family together to celebrate the holiday.
‘We wanted to give an extra reason for [the movie character’s] desperate need for everyone to be happy,’ she told the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘It moved up the dial in terms of performance. But we didn’t want it to be an issue.
Veteran Australian actress Heather Mitchell has opened up about her battle with cancer and how she wanted to highlight the disease in her new movie
The two-time cancer survivor revealed it was her idea to have her character struggle with the disease in her new Stan holiday film, Jones’ Family Christmas
Mitchell was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. After receiving treatment the disease returned in 2022 Pictured: Mitchell at the Logie Awards in 2022
‘It’s not about Heather’s personal health issues. It’s more about how when we are confronted with someone we love’s health issue or our own, it makes us react in certain ways.’
Mitchell was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. After receiving treatment the disease returned in 2022.
The former A Place to Call Home star has been open about her cancer journey, discussing her battle in a memoir called Everything and Nothing which was released earlier this year.
She also made a courageous appearance to discuss her health on an episode of the ABC’s An Australian Story in May.
The much-loved actress, who starred in the landmark 1984 Kennedy Miller mini-series Bodyline, will soon appear in the Paramount+ series Fake with Asher Keddie.
Meanwhile, Mitchell’s Jones Family Christmas is an early festive season hit for fans.
The Stan Original Film about an Aussie family impacted by bushfires during a Christmas-time re-unites Mitchell with Love Child actress Ella Scott Lynch, 40.
Inspired by true events and written by Australian comedian, Tegan Higginbotham, the plot of the film centres on Heather (Heather Mitchell), who has gathered her quarrelling clan for a bush family Christmas.
Things go from bad to worse as the forced festivities grind to a halt due to raging bushfires.
And the trailer shows that fans can expect plenty of laughs and gasps as the warring family members are forced to make the peace in order to deal with the catastrophe.
Also appearing in the movie is Michael Logo from the streaming comedy Colin from Accounts, Fisk’s Tahlee Fereday and Dushan Phliips from Stan’s hit The Gloaming.
Newcomer Max McKenna also stars alongside Neil Melville and Nicholas Denton.
Akhilesh Jain (Deendayal Ek Yug Purush), Fiona Choi (The Family Law), Bev Killick (Savage River) and Australian comedian Tanya Hennessy round out the cast.
Tegan Higginbotham based the film on her hit audio play and it is directed by Stef Smith.