Australian TV TV

Sumner Locke Elliott’s Eden’s Lost (ABC 1989, Julia Blake, Linda Cropper)

Based on the novel by Sumner Locke Elliott Eden’s Lost charts the story of 17 year old Angus Weekes growing up in the 1930’s Blue Mountains of Sydney.

He finds himself drawn into the world of the wealthy St James family and the 3 part story is mainly concerned with his relationships with the 3 women of the household, Eve, Bea and Stevie, becoming a kind of confidant to them and gradually coming to realise how manipulative and destructive their lives actually are.

Sumner Locke Elliott always wrote strong roles for women and Eden’s Lost is no exception and despite Angus being the lead the story really belongs to the three girls especially the destructive Eve. The production design is excellent and full of period detail.

UK ITV station Central were heavily involved in the production.

production details
Australia / ABC – Central – Margaret Fink / 3×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 February – 14 March 1989

Writer: Michael Gow / Novel: Sumner Locke Elliott / Camera: Geoffrey Simpson / Costume: Jennie Tate / Design: Janet Patterson / Music: Alan John / Producer: Margaret Fink / Executive Producers: Ted Childs, Sandra Levy / Director: Neil Armfield

cast
JULIA BLAKE as Eve
BRUCE HUGHES as Angus
LINDA CROPPER as Stevie
ARTHUR DIGNAM as Heath
VICTORIA LONGLEY as Bea
JENNIFER CLAIRE as Cissie
MELANIE SALOMON as Lesley-Ann
FIONA PRESS as Liesl
YVES STENING as Tip
ANDREW TIGHE as Bill Seward
PATRICK QUINN as Corey
PHILIP SAYER as Marcus
BETH CHILD as Hilda





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