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Dismissal, The (Channel 10 1983, Max Phipps, Bill Hunter)

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The Dismissal was the first of the Kennedy-Miller productions for TV, its a tightly told story of the amazing true life political upheavals of the mid 1970’s when the governor general dismissed Gough Whitlam’s Labor Government, this is brilliant drama with a top notch cast that includes John Meillon, Ruth Cracknell, Bill Hunter, Ed Devereaux, Max Phipps, John Stanton and John Hargreaves.

At the time The Dismissal was the most expensive drama series yet made in Australia and was a huge popular and critical success and it tracing the story as it does from the early days of the Whitlam government offers great insight into the political shenanigans of the day. The cast, playing real people who were all still alive at the time, are just superb. Still highly relevant today The Dismissal is stunning drama.

production details
Australia / 10 Network-Kennedy Miller / 3×120 minutes / 1983

Writers: Ron Blir, George Miller, Philip Noyce, Terry Hayes, Sally Gibson, Daphne Paris
Design: Owen Williams
Costume: Robyn Schuurmans
Camera: Dean Semler
Producer: Terry Hayes
Executive Producers: Byron Kennedy, George Miller
Directors: George Miller, Philip Noyce, George Olgilvie, Carl Shultz, John Power

cast
MAX PHIPPS as Gough Whitlam
JOHN HARGREAVES as Dr Jim Cairns
BILL HUNTER as Rex Connor
JOHN STANTON as Malcolm Fraser
STEWART FAICHNEY as Billy Snedden
JOHN MEILLON as Sir John Kerr
ED DEVEREAUX as Phil Lynch
PETER SUMNER as Bill Hayden
NEELA DAY as Junie Morosi
HARRY WEISS as Tirath Khemlani
DAVID DOWNER as Tony Staley
PETER CARROLL as Narrator

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