Australia / ABC – Beyond / 3×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 1990
Writer: Lissa Benyon, Nick Enright / Novel: Dymphna Cusack, Florence James / Camera: Stephen F. Windon / Design: Janet Patterson / Costume: Jim Murray / Music: Martin Armiger / Producer: Jan Chapman / Executive Producer: Sandra Levy / Director: Robert Marchand
Period drama serial. The story of the people working and living at Sydney’s South Pacific Hotel, one week towards the end of the second world war. Concentrating mainly on three women, Claire, Deb and Ginny) who found plenty of excitement but ultimately problems. The music (all 1940’s songs) was arranged by Martin Armiger.
The book was published in 1951 with Florence James acting as consultant on this production (as well as appearing as an extra).
The show won three AFI awards for acting, direction and best mini series.
LISA HARROW as Claire Jeffries
KERRY ARMSTRONG as Deb Forest
REBECCA GIBNEY as Guinea Malone
BRYAN MARSHALL as Byron
GARY SWEET as Jack
RHYS McCONNOCHIE as Angus McFarland
JAY HACKETT as Kim Scott
JUSTINE CLARKE as Monnie Malone
SUSAN LYONS as Dallas McIntyre
MARTIN VAUGHAN as Blue
VALERIE BADER as Elvira