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Dunera Boys, The (Channel 10 1985 with Bob Hoskins and Warren Mitchell)

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Australia / Channel 10 – Jethro – Australian Film Commission / 2×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 3-10 October 1985

Writer/Director: Ben Lewin / Camera: Vincent Monton / Costume: Rose Chong / Music: Greg Sneddon / Design: Tracy Watt / Producer: Bob Weis

When cafe owner and concert hall violinist Alex Engelhart escapes from Nazi occupied Austria and makes it to England he thinks his troubles are over. Unfortunately they are only just beginning, as soon as the second world war breaks out he is rounded up with other Jewish refugees and shipped off to Australia on the ship Dunera, the British Government of the day convinced that some of these refugees may in fact be enemy agents.

During the three years they spend in a POW cap in far western NSW the Dunera boys prove to be model prisoners, over time the rules of the prison are relaxed and and the refugees are able to integrate themselves into the local community.

Despite the hardships that the men have to go through this mini-series has an uplifiting feel and as a whole focuses on the way the men cope with their new surroundings and the accomplishments they manage along the way. Bob Hoskins is his usual brilliant self in the lead role and Warren Mitchell, that ebulliant gem of an actor, also has a prominent role.

Based on a real historical incident the Dunera Boys is top quality drama, well made and never afraid to show the harsher realities of life.

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BOB HOSKINS as Morrie Mendellsohn
JOSEPH SPANO as Alexander Engelhardt
WARREN MITCHELL as Mr Braun
JOSEPH FURST as The Baron
JOHN MEILLON as Brigadier Templeton
SIMON CHILVERS as Colonel Berry
MARY-ANNE FAHEY as Naomi Mendellsohn
STEVEN VIDLER as Tropp
MOSHE KEDEM as Rabbi Aronfeld
MARK LITTLE as Private Dunstan
PAUL VANE-MASON as Friedkin
KIRK ALEXANDER as Captain Webber
JULIA BLAKE as Mum
SALLY COOPER as Kath
KIM GYNGELL as Private Bruce
JANE HOPKINS as Bernice Slattery

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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.

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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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