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Shiralee, The (Channel 7 1988 with Bryan Brown and Noni Hazlehurst)

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Australia / Channel 7 – SAFC Prod / 2×120 minute episodes / Broadcast June 1988

Writer: Tony Morphett / Novel: D’Arcy Niland / Camera: Geoffrey Simpson / Design: Kristian Fredrikson / Costume: Anna French / Music: Chris Neal / Producer: Bruce Moir / Executive Producer: Jock Blair / Director: George Olgilvie

Period drama serial. In the mid 1980’s the Australian mini-series was King and Bryan Brown was a key figure in making the genre a success, having shot to fame in the hugely successful A Town Like Alice (definitely a candidate for a DVD release if ever there was one!).

This utterly charming late 1980’s two parter sees Brown at his best. Set in the dusty, dry and harsh Australian outback post world war II and in to the 1950’s, the rugged actor plays drifter Mac, who moves from town to town as a labourer, however, he isn’t on his own. Tagging along with him is his 9 year old daughter Buster (a brilliant performance from the young Rebecca Smart who won a Logie – Australia’s top acting awards – for her portrayal). She is, in fact, The Shiralee of the title – Aussie outback speak for a burden.

Although Mac sometimes feels the pressures of fatherhood and having to look after Buster as well as himself, the two of them have the most amazing bond that simply cannot be broken. No matter what the world throws at them.

Based on a 1950’s novel by D’Arcy Niland, The Shiralee is excellent, the kind of drama that Australian TV does best. Packed full of incident and drama and with great performances from the likes of Playschool’s Noni Hazlehurst, Norman Kaye and Ray Meagher (Alf Stewart from Home and Away). A very successful production which also picked up a logie for most popular miniseries. Filmed in Quorn.

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BRYAN BROWN as Macauley
NONI HAZLEHURST as Lily
REBECCA SMART as Buster
LEWIS FITZ-GERALD as Tony
LORNA LESLEY as Marge
NED MANNING as Jim
MADELAINE BLACKWELL as Lucy
SIMON CHILVERS as Thaddeus
JULIE HAMILTON as Bella
REG EVANS as Luke
WILLIAM ZAPPA as Donny
FRANK GALLACHER as Beauty
NORMAN KAYE as Desmond
RAY MEAGHER as Polkadot

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Above The Law (Channel 10 2000, Nicholas Bishop, Scott Burgess)

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Crime drama series Above The Law detailed life for the residents of an apartment complex which features a police station on the ground floor.

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NICHOLAS BISHOP as Matt Bridges
SCOTT BURGESS as Bill Peterson
KIRSTY WRIGHT as Belinda Clark
MEME THORNE as Sunny Rodriguez
BRIDIE CARTER as Senior Constable Debbie Curtis
ALYSSA JANE COOK as Olivia Murray
TEO GILBERT as Skeez
JOLYON JAMES as Constable Stavros

crew details
Creators: Tony Morphett, Inga Hunter
Script Editor: Christine Milligan
Producers: Hal McElroy, Rocky Bester
Executive Producers: Hal McElroy, Di McElroy

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 10 – Columbia Tristar
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 2000

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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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