It was a long way from Whiporie to the Logies extravaganza for dirtgirlworld creators Hewey Eustace and Cate McQuillen.
It was a long way from Whiporie to the Logies extravaganza for dirtgirlworld creators Hewey Eustace and Cate McQuillen.

Whiporie couple enjoy Logies

THE makers of dirtgirlworld might have missed out on a Logie on Sunday, but they had ‘heaps of fun’ doing it.

Whiporie couple Cate McQuillen and Hewey Eustace travelled to Melbourne for Sunday night’s TV Week Logie Awards extravaganza after their ABC Kids show was nominated in the Outstanding Children’s Program category.

The couple, who returned home late Monday, told The Daily Examiner yesterday of their ‘surreal’ experience.

Before leaving their hotel room, a hair and make-up team arrived – a visit Cate was not expecting.

“I had brought my own lippy with me – apparently that wasn’t enough,” she laughed.

Upon arrival at the venue (the Crown Towers’ Palladium Ballroom), Cate was shocked at the number of devoted fans who lined the red carpet to see some of Australia’s best talent.

“It was quite amazing how many people were there,” she said.

Cate said she and Hewey happily traversed the ‘alternative’ red carpet –‘for anyone who’s a producer’– while marvelling at the young actors on the real deal.

“They were consummate professionals,” she said.

“They knew how to turn on high heels and pose for photos. They all must have gone to Logies School.”

Cate said she quickly picked up a bit of her own Logies etiquette, learning to tread carefully due to the trend in dresses with long trails.

“I got that quite early in the night,” she said.

Inside and Cate said the ballroom was done up “a bit like a fancy wedding”.

Seated at their table was the ABC Kids gang, including the winners of their category, My Place. And there were no hard feelings, with Cate describing the team as “lovely”, adding she was very glad the show won.

“It’s a high-quality Australian-made show and story,” she said. “It’s nice to know that’s what people really value.”

Cate also received plenty of positive feedback from Logies attendees on dirtgirlworld .

“There’s lots of different ways to win,” she said.

She summed up the night as ‘heaps of fun’. “It was so out of our normal set of circumstances,” she said. “There is a general sense of hilarity that goes with it.

“But it does remind you that we’re pretty privileged. It’s a humbling thing.”



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