Family Rules

A six-part observational documentary series, Family Rules, has wowed Australian reviewers already this year, receiving broad acclaim.

“Compelling” declared The Guardian Australia. “The best reality TV you’ve never seen”, said Vogue Australia.

Stripped in across two weeks in January for its premiere, the half-hour series has an encore primetime screening on NITV on Saturday nights, starting in February.

Family Rules is a fly-on-the-wall look at the lives of nine sisters aged between 12 and 29 and their mother, Daniella. An intimate snapshot of the challenges of modern family life, it’s about motherhood and sisterhood through the eyes of an Indigenous family.

“…at its heart, Family Rules is simply a love story: not just between mother and daughters, or between sisters, but also between Daniella and her husband,” wrote Larissa Behrendt in The Guardian.

“Cleverly, the series has just a dash of the Kardashians about it, with occasional tugs of war,” said David Knox of leading Australian TV blog, TV Tonight. “At 30 mins each episode, finally a series that doesn’t outstay its welcome.”

Each episode focuses on the life of a particular sister, showing situations common to many young women. Family Rules is about finding the perfect dress for the school formal and about moving out of home for the first time.

“…any parent of teenagers will be able to instantly relate as fights break out at the dinner table over kids glued to their devices and tears are shed over the procurement of the perfect gown for the year 12 formal,” The Age and Sydney Morning Herald reviewer Melinda Houston said about the show, which was Pick of the Week.

“For cast and crew, this response has been thrilling,” said executive producer Renee Kennedy. Kennedy has worked on numerous documentaries with international partners and her company Metamorflix produced the series.

Family Rules is available through Flame Distribution.

Metamorflix and Karla Hart Enterprises developed Family Rules with the financial assistance of ScreenWest and Lotterywest. Metamorflix produced Family Rules with the support of Screen Australia, ScreenWest and Lotterywest and National Indigenous Television.