8:30pm – Sunday, May 13 on ABC2
Sunday nights on ABC2 is the home of Sunday Best, an outstanding collection of game-changing and thought-provoking feature length documentaries. We’ve done the work to bring you the best must-see intelligent docos that are just 2 good to miss.
Put on your Sunday Best…
Every year, thousands of children flock to Hollywood from across the United States and beyond, dreaming of stardom – or at least a big break during ‘pilot season’, the traditional three-month casting window for new television shows. Many stay at the Oakwood, a temporary housing complex that has been catering to show business kids for more than twenty years.
The Hollywood Complex follows half-a-dozen Oakwood families as they navigate tremendous financial, professional and personal obstacles in search of fame and fortune. In most cases, mother and child have travelled alone to Hollywood, spending months or years without the rest of the family.
Families can easily run through many thousands of dollars each month, paying for rent, for headshots, for private coaching, for classes, and the list goes on and on. Compounding this financial pressure is the intense competition each child faces to rise above the crowd of thousands to get noticed. The path to success is littered with broken marriages, neurotic stage moms, and financial ruin.