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Cyclone Tracy (Channel 9 1986 with Tracy Mann and Chris Haywood)

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Cyclone Tracy is one of those real life events that everyone of a certain age in Australia remembers. On Christmas Day 1974 a devastating Cyclone ripped through Darwin killing over a hundred people and leaving tens of thousands homeless as well as laying waste to 80 percent of the buildings in the area.

Made in 1986 this big budget mini series puts you right in the eye of the storm as it tells the story of the devastating catastrophe.

Made with a real documentary feel the first part deals with the coming cyclone – its a long hot summer and with Christmas on its way many of the locals ignore the growing warnings – the storm is seen through the eyes of half a dozen or so characters, single mum Connie, Steve, who is able to rise above his problems by helping out others; There is also token American Nicholas Hammond who has a cargo of drugs he needs to offload. It’s these personal stories that really bring home the cost of the cyclone to you. Much of the later part of the drama focuses on the aftermath of Tracy and focuses on the spirit of the legendary “Aussie Battler”.

Beautifully shot by Andrew Lesnie who would go on to work on Lord of the Rings, Cyclone Tracy is incredibly watchable, real and heartfelt. As journalist Steve Parish says in voice over “In the days that followed Tracy, many left Darwin, many never to return. Those of us who stayed began the big clean up and the rebuilding of our lives. It was a time of sadness and joy, of compassion and hope for our future. For Tracy changed all of us, finding our strengths and weaknesses and forcing us into directions we probably never would have taken. Tracy had an impact that went beyond the individual.”

production details
Australia / Channel 9 – PBL / 3×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 5-7 November 1986

Writers: Michael Fisher, Ted Roberts, Leon Saunders / Design: Stewart Burnside / Costume: Helen Hooper / Camera: Andrew Lesnie / Music: Martin Armiger / Producers: John Edwards, Timothy Read / Directors: Donald Crombie, Kathy Mueller

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CHRIS HAYWOOD as Steve
TRACY MANN as Connie
NICHOLAS HAMMOND as Harry
LINDA CROPPER as Joycie
TONY BARRY as Mick Brennan
AILEEN BRITTON as Big Caroline
CAROLINE GILMER as Little Caroline
JACK WEBSTER as Bobby Fontaine
PAUL PRYOR as Hilton
DAVID SLINGSBY as Hawthorne
NOEL HODDA as Lt Tony Baker
JOHN ALANSU as Skipper
FRANCIS Yin as Lee
CECIL PARKEE as Benjamin
KATE RITCHIE

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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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