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Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, The (Channel 10 2005, Romola Garai, Jack Davenport)

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Period drama, mini series, with its budget hitting some $15 million dollars The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant is a true epic in every sense of the word and in the classic vein of such legendary mini series as Against The Wind and Sara Dane.

Romola Garai plays the title role of Mary Bryant, a young woman who has to fight for her freedom of not just herself but her young family in the earliest days of Australian history. Hugely emotional the story charts Mary’s tale from being sentenced in England to transportation to Australia through incredible hardships (Mary gives birth whilst on board the boat having been raped in prison) to marriage and more children before an escape plan sends her bound to hang on a ship back to England.

Heart racing stuff and even more so knowing that its all true, Mary Bryant is a well known figure from the days of the first fleet, not just in Australia but also back in England where the public outcry about her story was major.

production details
Australia / Channel 10 – powcorp / 2×120 minute episodes / 2005 30-31 October @ 8.30pm

Writer: Peter Berry / Executive Producers: Peter Berry, Justin Bodle, Andy Harries, Sue Masters, Des Monaghan / Director: Peter Andrikidis

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Romola Garai as Mary Broad/Bryant
Jack Davenport as Lt Ralph Clarke
Alex O’Lachlan as Will Bryant
Sam Neill as Governor Arthur Phillip
Tony Martin as Martin
David Field as Thomas
Garry McDonald as Reverend Johnson
Dan Spielman as Cox
Stephen Curry as Allen
Abe Forsythe as Sam
Alice McConnell as Elizabeth
Linal Haft as Sgt. Ryan
Genevieve O’Reilly as Allcia
Leo Jampinjinpa Wayne as Woollarawarre Bennelong
Jacek Koman as Wanjon

 

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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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