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Barracuda (ABC 2016, Elias Anton, Matt Nable)

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Barracuda, which is set in the mid 1990s and based on the novel by Christos Tsiolkas, focuses on young Danny Kelly. Highly talented as a swimmer and with ambitions to win gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 Kelly, who is half Greek and half Scottish is having trouble fitting in at the Melbourne private school that he attends thanks to a scholorship.

Trained by the talented Frank Torma Kellt also strikes up a friendly rivalry with teammate Martin Taylor who is also determined to become an Olympic champion.

Barracuda plays strongly with it’s themes of class, ethnicity and the pressure we put on our kids to perform, reviewing the first episode in The Australian Graeme Blundell said “what I like… is the way it maintains an aura of honest, unforced mystery: will this young man make it and what will happen to the people around him along the way? Will his anger ­destroy his life? And, in the end, what is success and what is failure?”

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald co-adapter Blake Ayshford talk about author Tsiolkas’s thematic vision “Christos is telling a classic Aussie golden boy story but he’s inserting in that a not-golden-boy, an outsider. This is a sports story, but it has Christos’ take on it, his particular views on ethnicity and class.”

production details
Australia / ABC – Matchbox / 4xc60 minute episodes / Broadcast from 10 July 2016

Writers: Blake Ayshford, Belinda Chayko / Novel: Christos Tsiolkas / Producers: Tony Ayres, Amanda Higgs / Director: Robert Connolly

cast
Elias Anton as Danny Kelly
Ben Kindon as Martin Taylor
Matt Nable as Frank Torma
Rachel Griffiths as Samantha Taylor
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor as Neal Kelly
Victoria Haralabidou as Stephanie Kelly
Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Emma Taylor
Andrew Creer as Wilco
Jacob Collins-Levy as Clyde
Joel Lok
Rhys Mitchell as Scooter
Imran Adams as Theo Kelly
Luca Sardelis Regan Kelly

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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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