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Beaconsfield (Channel 9 2012, Shane Jacobson, Lachy Hulme)

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Three hour Channel 9 telemovie Beaconsfield tells the dramatic real life story of the rescue of two Tasmanian miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb who spent 14 days trapped together in the rubble of a collapsed mine in Beaconsfield one whole kilometre below the surface. The story held not just Australia but the whole world gripped as the rescue teams battled to keep the men alive.

Shane Jacobson stars alongside Lachy Hulme and the production focuses on the rescue from the point of view of the two rescue teams who had to come up with a plan that had never been tried before.

Producer John Edwards said of the rescue “The mechanics were complex and intriguing – the tension of The Great Escape combines with the compelling detail of Apollo 13.”

production details
Australia | Channel 9 – Southern Star / 1×180 minute episode / Broadcast 22 April 2012

Writer: Judy Mccrossin / Producers: John Edwards, Jane Liscombe / Director: Glendyn Ivin

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Shane Jacobson as Brant Webb
Lachy Hulme as Todd Russell
Cameron Daddo as Matthew Gill
Anthony Hayes as Pat Ball
Michala Banas as Carolyn Russell
Sacha Horler as Rachel Webb
Angus Sampson as Brett ‘Cress’ Cresswell
Syd Brisbane as Gavin ‘Cheesy’ Cheesman
Simon Lyndon as Larry Knight
Richard Davies as Daniel Piscioneri
Oscar Redding as Rex Johnson
Steve Vizard as Richard Carleton
Fiona Harris as Toni Griffith
Christopher Bunworth as Mike Lester
Christopher Stevenson as Peter Hills

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Above The Law (Channel 10 2000, Nicholas Bishop, Scott Burgess)

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Crime drama series Above The Law detailed life for the residents of an apartment complex which features a police station on the ground floor.

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NICHOLAS BISHOP as Matt Bridges
SCOTT BURGESS as Bill Peterson
KIRSTY WRIGHT as Belinda Clark
MEME THORNE as Sunny Rodriguez
BRIDIE CARTER as Senior Constable Debbie Curtis
ALYSSA JANE COOK as Olivia Murray
TEO GILBERT as Skeez
JOLYON JAMES as Constable Stavros

crew details
Creators: Tony Morphett, Inga Hunter
Script Editor: Christine Milligan
Producers: Hal McElroy, Rocky Bester
Executive Producers: Hal McElroy, Di McElroy

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 10 – Columbia Tristar
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 2000

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Murcheson Creek (Channel 9 1976, Mark Edwards, Rowena Wallace)

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In one off thriller Murcheson Creek Andrew Murcheson returns to his home town to take over his father’s medical practice (the town being named Murcheson Creek in honour of his family.) He begins an affair with an old flame Karen Fields and also finds himself stirring up secrets that should have stayed buried after trying to settle his father’s accounts.

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Mark Edwards as Dr Andrew Murcheson
Rowena Wallace as Karen Fields
Abigail as Donna Lewis
Sandra Lee Paterson as Dr Myfanwy Mckenna
Gordon Mcdougall
Lew Luton
Philippa Baker
Dennis Miller
Anne-Louise Lambert
John Orcsik

crew details
Director: Terry Bourke
Writer: Robert Caswell
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 9 – Cash Harmon
Duration: 1×90 minute episode
Aired From: 1976

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Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)

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Australian Gangster is a crime drama that will have a distinctly modern vibe. No real plot details have been released as yet but it’s being talked of a grand tale of crime in Western Sydney where glitz and glamour vie with drugs and laundered money. The behind the scenes crew have impressive pedigrees – it’s been written by Gregor Jordan (of Two Hands fame) and Romper Stomper author Malcolm Knox.

Producer John Edwards said “Just as Two Hands was an oblique take on a familiar form a generation ago, Australian Gangster will be a genre-bending crime drama series – confronting, affronting, touching and often laugh-out-loud crazy.”

Filming will begin early next year in and around Sydney.

crew details
Writer: Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Producers: Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director: Daina Reed

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 7 – Roadshow Rough Diamond – Screen Australia – Create NSW – Red Arrow International
Duration: Not sure as yet
Aired From: In production

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