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Director Brendan Maher calls lights, camera, auction in Armadale


Award-winning director Brendan Maher is selling 19 Valentine Grove, Armadale.

Award-winning director Brendan Maher and his wife Kath have called lights, camera, auction on their Armadale family home that’s inspired scenes in a slew of hit TV shows.

Maher’s credits include episodes of The Secret Life of Us, SeaChange, Blue Heelers, The Genie from Down Under, Home And Away, Neighbours, Halifax f.p., Silent Witness and Spooks.

He has collected Australian Film Institute awards for his work on After the Deluge, Road from Coorain, Good Guys Bad Guys, and an Australian Directors Guild gong for Dirt Game.

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His four-bedroom house at 19 Valentine Grove, listed for sale for $2.35-$2.55 million, has also hosted famous faces including Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugo Weaving, Samuel Johnson, David Wenham and Rebecca Gibney.

Director Brendan Maher is selling his Armadale home.

Maher, second left, on set while filming Outlander in Scotland with Sam Heughan (centre).

But it’s the home’s role as a hub of extended family gatherings, and the subtle ways its Peter McIntyre architectural design has influenced his on-screen work Maher will miss.

Modelled on nearby Malvern train station, creative use of natural light is a hallmark of the home and batons lining the windows of a back room that “throw beautiful shadows all across the floor” were a direct influence on his work.

The timber batons sit above an open-plan living area.

The versatile space changes as the sun moves across the day.

“That gave me some inspiration for a Spartacus episode where we put batons overhead with their shadows seen on the ground of a village scene,” Mr Maher said.

The home also provides an early morning vista where you look out to a garden in full sunlight while the study is still in twilight, a contrast between light and dark he uses regularly in reflective moments for characters on the verge of a breakthrough.

The unique home has a range of striking features, starting with the front gate.

The relationship between sunlight and the home’s outdoor spaces has also been considered.

But after 30 years in the home, and with their children grown up, the pair are ready for a new scene.

“Our family has moved on and we are ready to downsize, as much as we adore the house,” Maher said.

The Peter McIntyre design was inspired by nearby Malvern train station.

Malvern train station in 2003.

The home is now 30 years old, but has developed a timeless appearance.

Property Mavens vendor advocate Freya Miles said a flowing, practical floorplan was typical to a Peter McIntyre architectural process that focuses on liveable homes.

“And the thing I find particularly remarkable about it, is that it’s so contemporary and fresh even though it was designed 30 years ago,” Ms Miles said.

“And I think that will continue to translate through the decades.”

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The home will be sold via Marshall White’s Madeline Kennedy, David Volpato and James Redfern with an auction scheduled for September 14.

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