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Leaving Of Liverpool, The (ABC 1992, Christine Tremarco, Bill Hunter)

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The Leaving of Liverpool took us back to the 1950’s when the British Government decided it would be a good idea to ship out thousands of orphans to the farthest reaches of the empire, many of them went to Australia and more than a few of them suffered harsh treatment at the hands of their new foster parents.

This fantastic production focuses on two of these orphans, Lilly and Bert who end up in a labour camp and then working on a sheep station.

Harsh and uncompromising and certainly not offering your standard happy ending, The Leaving of Liverpool did much on its first broadcast in 1992 to shed new light on the child migration schemes of the post war years.

production details
Australia / ABC / 2×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 1992

Writers: John Alsop (part 1), Sue Smnith (part 2) / Camera: Steve Windon / Design: Marcus North / Costume: Annie Marshall / Music: Peter Best / Producer: Steve Knapman / Executive Producers: Penny Chapman, Michael Wearing / Director: Michael Jenkins

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CHRISTINE TREMARCO as Lily
KEVIN JONES as Bert
BILL HUNTER as Brother O’Neill
MARTIN JACOBS as Brother Matthew
FRANK WHITTEN as Brother Jerome
JOHN HARGREAVES as Harry
FRANCES BARBER as Ellen
DAVID KAFF as Wilson
DARREN YAP as David
KERRY WALKER as Mrs Dunne
BOGDAN KOCA as Pavel
PAMELA RABE as Mrs Lang
COLIN MOODY as Mr Symonds
GARY HENSHAW as Alf

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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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