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Kettering Incident, The (Foxtel 2016, Elizabeth Debicki)

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Crime drama The Kettering Incident stars Elizabeth Debicki as Anna Macy who left the town of Kettering in Tasmania when she was 14. A short time earlier her best friend Gillian Baxter had disappeared whilst out in the woods with Anna. 15 years later Anna is back in Kettering, the town is in the middle of a major battle between environmentalists and loggers meanwhile Anna’s return is a cause for concern when another young girl disappears.

Anna is determined to get to the bottom of what really happened to Gillian and in doing so threatens to tear apart the very fabric of the whole town.

The Kettering Incident is a strong and very well made drama and Foxtel did well snagging Elizabeth Debicki before her career went on to the next level thanks to The Night Manager. This series was actually made in 2014 way before The Night Manager but held over by Foxtel, no official reason was given for the long delay but an article at DeciderTV stated that it may have been related to Foxtel wanted to spend their advertising budget on the high profile A Place To Call Home which they just poached from Channel 7. Whatever the reason the wait was worth it, the Tasmanian settings and cinematography give it the wide open space feel of something like the BBC’s Wallander.

The Kettering Incident

The cover of The Australian newspaper detailing the “UFO” incident of Frederick Valentich. 

According to the ABC one of the inspirations for the series was the disappearance of a pilot over Bass Strait in Tasmania in 1978. Many are convinced that Frederick Valentich was abducted by aliens having reported that a strange craft was flying over him. In the series Anna and Gillian see strange lights in the sky just before Gillian disappears and Anna wakes up 8 hours later with no knowledge of what has happened.

production details
Australia / Showcase – Foxtel – BBC Worldwide – Porchlight Films – Sweet Potato Films / 8×60 minute episodes / Broadcast from 4 July 2016

Creators: Victoria Madden, Vincent Sheehan / Writers: Victoria Madden, Louise Fox, Cate Shortland, Andrew Knight / Executive Producer: Penny Win / Directors: Rowan Woods, Tony Krawitz

Elizabeth Debicki in The Kettering Incident

Elizabeth Debicki as Anna

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Elizabeth Debicki as Dr. Anna Macy
Matthew Le Nevez as Detective Brian Dutch[4]
Henry Nixon as Officer Fergus McFadden
Anthony Phelan as Roy Macy
Damon Gameau as Jens Jorgenssen
Alison Whyte as Deb Russell
Katie Robertson as Sandra Hull
Kris McQuade
Sianoa Smit-McPhee as Chloe Holloway
Neil Pigot as Dominic Harrold
Sacha Horler as Barbara Holloway
Damien Garvey as Max Holloway
Ben Oxenbould as Craig Grayson
Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Eliza Grayson
Dylan Young as Dane Sullivan
Suzi Dougherty as Renae Baxter
Kevin MacIsaac as Travis Kingston

 

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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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And The Big Men Fly (ABC 1973, John Hargreaves, Frank Wilson)

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Comedy drama And The Big Men Fly saw a young farm lad becoming a big star of Aussie rules football, his special skills involve him playing barefoot. In 1981 there was a sequel called And Here Comes Bucknuckle.

Made in black and white

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Frank Wilson
John Hargreaves
Dennis Miller
Barry McQueen
Reg Evans
George Mallaby
Colin Mcewan
Diane Criag
Maurie Fields

crew details
Writer: Alan Hopgood
Producer: Oscar Whitbread
Director: Keith Wilkes

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: ABC
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 1973

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