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Falcon Island (Channel 9 1981, Francesca Shoesmith)

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Falcon Island was a children’s action drama series. Adventures of a trio of kids on the island of the title.

The three, Kate, Paul and Jock, have ambitions to find the wreck of the seventeenth century Dutch treasure ship local people believe sank there. But just when they think they have proof of the ships existence the discovery of a valuable mineral threatens to spoil the island and destroy the wreck. The children’s search for the ship becomes a desperate race against time to save both it and their home.

Jetty scenes some beach scenes filmed at Garden Island, south of Perth. There was also a lot of filming at Rottnest Island.

Falcon Island was the first major production of the Australian Children’s Film Foundation which was set up to make shows for kids that reflected their own country’s culture.

production details
Australia / Channel 9 – Excalibur Nominees – Australian Childrens Film Foundation – Perth Institute of Film and Television / 26×30 minute episodes / 1981

Writer: Joan Ambrose / Music: Greg Schultz / Producers: Judith West, Paul Barron

cast
FRANCESCA SHOESMITH as Kate
GREG DUFFY as Paul
JUSTIN HOLLYOCK as Jock
ROWENA HOCKIN
BEVAN LEE
ALAN CASSELL

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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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