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Parer’s War (ABC-1 2014, Matt Le Nevez, Adelaide Clemens)

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Wartime drama Parer’s War took us back to 1942. With Darwin under attack, war documentary maker Damien Parer is filming Australian troops fighting the Japanese in New Guinea. He knows he needs to make a film that will shake up Australian’s out of their complacent ways. When he returns to Sydney the film he has made, Kokoda Front Line, is a sensation and even wins an Oscar (the first Australian film to do so).

Working for the legendary film studio Cinesound under the auspices of Ken Hall as well as working for the Ministry of Sound, Parer is caught between wanting to document the hard world of soldiers on the front line and dealing with his feelings for Marie Cotter, the woman he loves but who he is unable to commit to knowing that the atrocities of war have changed him forever.

Made to tie in with the Anzac day commemorations this is a poignant, extremely well made drama.

production details
Australia / ABC-1 – Pericles Films / 1×90 minute episodes / Broadcast Sunday 27 April 2014 @ 8.30pm

Writer: Alison Nisselle / Biography: Damnien Parer, Kokoda Front Line by Neil McDonald / Executive Producers: Greer Simplin, Jo Bell / Producer: Yvonne Collins / Director: Alister Grierson

cast
Matt Le Nevez as Damien Parer
Adelaide Clemens as Marie Cotter
Rob Carlton as Ken Hall
Nicholas Bell as Bob Hawes

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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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