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Are You Tougher than your Ancestors (2020)

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ARE YOU TOUGHER THAN YOUR ANCESTORS?

(2020)

Flying Kite Pictures (SA), Sticky Pictures

Are You Tougher than Your Ancestors? pits the skills of kids today against the exploits of children from Australia’s past to find out how they measure up. Each episode challenges modern kids to walk in the shoes of a child from another era. Diving into new worlds, they learn as much about themselves as they do about history and unearth some unexpected skills in the process. Premieres 6.30pm, Monday 15 June on ABC ME.

PRODUCER: Vanna Morosini (SA), Donna Andrews, Stu Connolly

DIRECTOR: Brad Gustafson (SA)

WRITER: Vanna Morosini (SA)

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Sophie Alstergren (SA)

Available to watch now: ABC iview (from 15 June)


Yvonne Strahovski in Stateless (2020)

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STATELESS

(2020)

Dirty Films, Matchbox Pictures

Inspired by true events; a woman escaping a cult, a refugee fleeing with his family, a father trapped in a dead-end job, and a bureaucrat on the verge of a national scandal find their lives intertwined, caught up in migrant detention. Commissioned by the ABC and supported by Screen Australia and the SAFC, Stateless is a co-production between NBCUniversal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures and Blanchett and Andrew Upton’s Dirty Films. Stars Cate Blanchett, Dominic West, Yvonne Strahovski, Asher Keddie, Jai Courtney.

PRODUCER: Sheila Jayadev, Paul Ranford (SA)

DIRECTOR: Emma Freeman, Jocelyn Moorhouse

WRITER: Belinda Chayko, Elise McCredie

CO-PRODUCER: Kirsty Stark (SA)

Available to watch now: ABC iview


Operation Buffalo (2020)

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OPERATION BUFFALO

(2020)

Porchlight Films Pty Ltd

Set in 1956 amid the backdrop of the British nuclear tests in the remote South Australian desert, this is a story about our infinite capacity for betrayal. Not just betrayal on an intelligence of geo-political level, but betrayal on an elemental level. And no-one is immune – not even the betrayers themselves. Premieres on ABC TV and iview 31 May, 2020. Stars Ewen Leslie, Jessica de Gouw, James Cromwell.

PRODUCER: Vincent Sheehan, Tanya Pheegan

DIRECTOR: Peter Duncan

WRITER: Peter Duncan

Available to watch now: ABC iview (from May 31)


First Day - photo by Ian Routledge

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FIRST DAY

(2020)

Epic Films (SA)

It’s Hannah Bradford’s first year of high school. As a transgender girl, Hannah not only has to navigate the challenges that come with starting a new school, but find the courage to live as her most authentic self. Stars Evie Macdonald, Joanne Hunt, Brenna Harding.

PRODUCER: Kirsty Stark (SA), Kate Croser (SA)

DIRECTOR: Julie Kalceff

WRITER: Julie Kalceff

CO-PRODUCER: Julie Kalceff, Kate Butler (SA)

Available to watch now: ABC iview


The Hunting (2019)

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THE HUNTING

(2019)

Closer Productions (SA)

The Hunting intimately and dramatically imagines the lives of four teenagers, their teachers and their families throughout the lead up, revelation and aftermath of a nude teen photo scandal. When two high school teachers discover students are sharing explicit photos of their underage friends and peers online, the revelation has unbearable consequences for their students and their families. Tackling themes of misogyny, privacy, sexuality and sexualisation, online exploitation, masculinity and gender, the series uses this singular event as a way of exploring some of the most pressing issues of our time and offering a vital portrait of contemporary, multicultural Australia. Stars Sam Reid, Jessica De Gouw, Kavitha Anandasivam, Luca Sardelis, Alex Cusack, Yazeed Daher, Asher Keddie, Richard Roxburgh.

PRODUCER: Sophie Hyde (SA), Lisa Scott (SA), Rebecca Summerton (SA)

DIRECTOR: Sophie Hyde (SA), Ana Kokkinos

WRITER: Matthew Cormack (SA), Niki Aken

Available to watch now: SBS On Demand


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THE LETDOWN (SEASON 2)

(2019)

TLD2

Season Two will continue to explore the highs and lows of parenting. We pick up the experience one year in, when life with a baby has become the new normal. The focus shifts from keeping baby alive to the individual needs of all members of the family. From interior family life to explorations outside the nursery, each story will explore the family’s new and ever changing dynamic. With sleeping, weaning and feeding relatively under control, the parents will confront the next barrage of challenges: walking; talking (first words for bubs, complete sentences for Mums); returning to work (multitasking hell or child-free haven?); childcare (and the plague-like sickness that accompanies it) and self-soothing for all (with screens and alcohol). As well as this there’s moving house, rediscovering cultural identity and, gaining and losing family. The new normal brings more change, more chaos and naturally, more comedy. …. As our babies learn to walk, so too do the parents (metaphorically). At first it’s all baby-steps, stumbles, and possibly a few concussions, but ultimately, everyone will find their feet. And, eventually run with it. Stars Alison Bell, Duncan Fellows, Leon Ford.

PRODUCER: Linda Micsko

DIRECTOR: Trent O’Donnell, Amanda Brotchie, Alison Bell, Sarah Scheller

WRITER: Alison Bell, Sarah Scheller

Available to watch now: Netflix


Upright (2019)

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UPRIGHT

(2019)

Lingo Pictures, Upright Productions

Two misfits, thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, forge bonds in a quest to transport a precious piano from one side of the country to the other. Stars Tim Minchin, Milly Alcock.

PRODUCER: Helen Bowden, Tim Minchin, Jason Stephens, Chris Taylor, Melissa Kelly

DIRECTOR: Matthew Saville

WRITER: Tim Minchin, Chris Taylor, Leon Ford, Kate Mulvany

Available to watch now: Foxtel



SPEED

(2018)

57 Films (SA)

The first Chinese television drama series shot in Australia, Speed was filmed in Adelaide and surrounding areas and stars Elvis Han, Xu Lu, and Du Haitao. The 32-part series tells the story of an underground street racer turned professional race car driver, with action sequences directed by specialist Hong Kong director Bruce Law (Jackie Chan’s Supercop, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Mission Impossible 3).

PRODUCER: Paul Ryan (SA)

DIRECTOR: Gan Lu



IF TIME FLOWS BACK

(2018)

57 Films (SA)

Created by writer/director Zhang Jiandong and starring Jin Dong (The First Half of My Life, Ode to Joy) and Jiang Xin, hit big-budget Chinese television drama series If Time Flows Back attracts a loyal audience of more than 90 million people via Chinese television and streaming platforms. Three of the 40 episodes were set and filmed in South Australia. Stars Martin Ayles, Dong Jin, Kenan Heppe.

PRODUCER: Tao Yu (SA)

DIRECTOR: Zhang Jiandong

WRITER: Zhang Jiandong

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Paul Ryan (SA)


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PINE GAP

(2018)

Screentime

Set in the secretive world of intelligence, PINE GAP exposes the stress inflicted on nations and individuals when ultimate loyalty is under threat, and true motives endanger the famously strong American/Australian joint military alliance through conflicting interests, personal ideals … and one tragic mistake. Stars Parker Sawyers, Jacqueline McKenzie, Steve Toussaint.

PRODUCER: Lisa Scott (SA), Felicity Packard

DIRECTOR: Mat King

WRITER: Greg Haddrick, Felicity Packard

Available to watch now: Google Play, iTunes, Netflix


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WANTED (SEASON 3)

(2018)

Matchbox Productions, Wanted 3 Productions

Lola Buckley and Chelsea Babbage return home in pursuit of their own brand of justice and freedom when they are forced to cross a line that means this time, there is no going back. In a bold new adventure, the series sees Lola and Chelsea embark on a breathtaking journey through the burning red centre of Australia. WANTED 3 is a story about identity that proves we can only truly live when we embrace who we were born to be. So the world thinks they’re bad? They ain’t seen nothing yet… Stars Rebecca Gibney, Geraldine Hakewill, Anthony Phelan.

PRODUCER: Peter Salmon, Tom Hoffie

DIRECTOR: Jocelyn Moorhouse, Peter Templeman

WRITER: Richard Bell, Rebecca Gibney, David Hannam, Elizabeth Coleman, Leon Ford, Michaeley O’Brien

Available to watch now: Google Play,


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WOLF CREEK (SEASON 2)

(2017)

Screentime Pty Ltd

Mick Taylor sees an opportunity of a lifetime after a chance encounter with a coach full of tourists from around the globe. The unwitting travellers begin an outback adventure none of them could have imagined.

PRODUCER: Kerrie Mainwaring, Lisa Scott

DIRECTOR: Greg McLean

Available to watch now: Stan


F*cking Adelaide (2017)

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F*CKING ADELAIDE

(2017)

Closer Productions

Three close but disparate siblings return to Adelaide because their mother is selling their childhood home. But when they discover that the sale will leave them with nothing, their middle class freedoms and sense of security is rocked. Each episode is told through the unique point of view of one of the characters. Stars Kate Box, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Brendan Maclean.

PRODUCER: Rebecca Summerton, Sophie Hyde

DIRECTOR: Sophie Hyde

Available to watch now: ABC iview



LOST IN PRONUNCIATION

(2017)

As Venezuelan comedian Ivan discovers what it means to be a real ‘Aussie’, his quest to becoming a permanent resident isn’t so much about ticking a box on a form, but learning about the strange and unique customs that we take for granted, and that make us Australian. With the help of two Aussie roommates, a lesbian tradie and hipster vegan, he gets a firsthand insight into modern Australia and in the current climate of being an immigrant, what it takes to being one of the ‘good ones’ and how lucky we really are. Stars Heather Crawford, Kate Dayman, Alan Grace.

PRODUCER: Julia de Roeper

DIRECTOR: Richard Jasek


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SHERAZADE: THE UNTOLD STORIES

(2017)

Chocolate Liberation front

Sherazade: The Untold Stories tells the true story of the classic Arab ian Nights tales. One powerful female character, Sherazade, was the real hero of the famous stories. Without her, Aladdin, Ali Baba and Sinbad could not have had their adventures. Stars Gemma-Ashley Kaplan, Matthew Connell, Luke Jurevicius.

PRODUCER: Dan Fill, Frank Verheggen

DIRECTOR: Andrew Kunzel, Luke Jurevicius



ALMOST MIDNIGHT

(2016)

Almost Midnight is a coming-of-age romantic black comedy about a socially-inept young man named Dave. The tale is told in five minute real-time slices of Dave’s life just before the New Year’s countdown over six subsequent years. Through this fragmented technique, the audience is able to witness Dave’s growth from the bumbling wall-flower to a fully-matured man, comfortable in his own skin. Dave’s alcohol fuelled misadventures provide many tragicomic cringe moments until he finally learns that you can’t hurry love.

PRODUCER: Alex Keay and Peta Astbury

DIRECTOR: Stephen Banham


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GOOBER

(2016)

Goober tells the story of Harry, an Uber driver, who lies somewhere on the autism spectrum and can’t hold down any other job, but wants to make friends and a bit of money. Stars Brendan Williams, Ashton Malcolm, Shane Jacobson.

PRODUCER: Kirsty Stark

DIRECTOR: Simon Williams and Brendon Skinner


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WOLF CREEK

(2016)

Screentime Pty Ltd, STAN

Can Eve, a young American on holiday in Australia, satisfy her quest for justice after her family are killed in outback Australia?

PRODUCER: Elisa Argenzio and Peter Gawler

DIRECTOR: Tony Tilse, Greg McLean

Available to watch now: Stan


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DEADLINE GALLIPOLI

(2015)

Matchbox Productions in collaboration with Full Clip

DEADLINE GALLIPOLI brings together the high-octane drama of the battlefront and the personal journeys of the soldiers who have signed up for a war they believe will be glorious. It is the untold story of the journalists – Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead Bartlett, Phillip Schuler & Keith Murdoch – who find themselves appalled by how the battle is being managed. They are flawed human beings, workaholics, and womanisers, but each is profoundly affected by the bravery and wholesale slaughter he witnesses. Stars Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy, Joel Jackson.

PRODUCER: Penny Chapman and John Schwartz

DIRECTOR: Michael Rymer

Available to watch now: Foxtel


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PLONK (SEASON 2)

(2015)

One Stone Pictures

Plonk is a love letter to Australian wine and its people – just with the spell check function turned off. It’s Getaway meets Heart of Darkness, Sydney Weekender meets Lost in La Mancha. It’s Plonk. Stars Chris Taylor, Joshua Tyler, Nathan Earl.

PRODUCER: Georgie Lewin

DIRECTOR: Nathan Earl

Available to watch now: Stan



VERSUS

(2015)

Triptych Pictures

A trilogy of short films pitting teams of popular superheroes against each other in riotous, action packed rivalry. HALO vs. COD determines which really is the better video game, MARVEL vs. DC has our heroes in a desperate struggle over possession of tickets to ComicCom and THE WALKING DEAD vs. LAST OF US has a birthday party go terribly wrong when the birthday boy wishes for a zombie apocalypse.

PRODUCER: Julie Byrne, Jennifer Jones (Executive Producer)

DIRECTOR: Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou


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HANNAH GADSBY'S OZ

(2014)

Closer Productions

Hannah Gadsby is a closet art scholar. Armed with her rapier wit and a desire to pick beneath the paint, she travels across the continent on a mission to debunk the myths of the Australian identity as defined by our art.

PRODUCER: Rebecca Summerton

DIRECTOR: Matthew Bate

Available to watch now: DocPlay, Google Play, iTunes, Stan


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ANZAC GIRLS

(2014)

Screentime Pty Ltd

The true stories of extraordinary young women who witness the brutality and heroism of war and rise to meet the challenge. Stars Georgia Flood, Antonia Prebble, Laura Brent.

PRODUCER: Felicity Packard, Lisa Scott (Series Producer), Des Monaghan (Executive Producer), Greg Haddrick (Executive Producer)

DIRECTOR: Ken Cameron (Episodes 1, 2 and 3) Ian Watson (Episodes 4, 5 and 6)

Available to watch now: Google Play, iTunes


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TIME TREMORS

(2013)

Co-production between Canadian digital studio Xenophile Media and Australia’s People’s Republic of Animation

Stars Mitchell Kummen, Ella Ballentine, Camilla Scott.

PRODUCER: Patrick Crowe (Xenophile Media), Sam White (PRA)

DIRECTOR: Alex Mayhew


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DANGER 5 (SERIES 2)

(2013)

Hedone Productions

The action comedy series returns. Stars David Ashby, Sean James Murphy, Natasa Ristic.

PRODUCER: Kate Croser, Dario Russo

DIRECTOR: Dario Russo



THE ADVENTURES OF FIGARO PHO

(2012)

Chocolate Liberation Front

Everyone of us has got at least one irrational fear; in the case of Figaro Pho, he has them all. The Adventures of Figaro Pho is a series about a warm-hearted, adorable, quirky and mischievous character who just happens to be afflicted with every phobia imaginable. He’s afraid of vampires, toilets, mad dogs, aliens, and being stared at by a duck! He’s also petrified of being alone, and so Figaro has created a mechanical companion – a dog-like robot he calls Rivet.

PRODUCER: Dan Fill, Frank Verheggen, David Webster

DIRECTOR: Luke Jurevicius

Available to watch now: ABC iview, Google Play



DOUBLE HAPPY VS THE INFINITE SADNESS

(2012)

Monkeystack

DOUBLE HAPPY VERSUS THE INFINITE SADNESS follows the adventures of two disturbingly cheerful rabbits as they set forth in a quest to save their world from the clutches of an all-consuming sadness.

PRODUCER: Justin Wight

Available to watch now: YouTube



PELEDA

(2012)

Vishus Productions

PELEDA is an animated series and game set in a highly stylised fantasy world that pits good against evil as players try to reclaim the land from an evil queen.

PRODUCER: Luke and Nathan Jurevicius

DIRECTOR: Luke and Nathan Jurevicius


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SAM FOX EXTREME ADVENTURES

(2012)

SLR Productions Pty Ltd

An action-packed adventure series about teenage ‘danger magnet’ Sam Fox as he braves the wilds from open ocean to deepest jungle, coming face to face with killer sharks, man-eating leopards, raging tornadoes, erupting volcanoes, deadly scorpions, giant anacondas and much, much more. Stars Remy Brand, Stanley Browning, Harry Russell.

PRODUCER: Suzanne Ryan

Available to watch now: Google Play


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WASTELANDER PANDA

(2012)

Epic Films

Responsible for the violent death of a young girl, Isaac with his mother and brother are banished to the Wasteland. Desperate for forgiveness, Isaac seeks a replacement child.

PRODUCER: Kirsty Stark

DIRECTOR: Victoria Cocks


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DANGER 5: SERIES 1

(2011)

Dinosaur Worldwide

It’s Christmas in the 1980s, Adolf Hitler is alive and has two Yuletide wishes: Danger 5 dead and the world under his Christmas tree. Stars David Ashby, Sean James Murphy, Natasa Ristic.

PRODUCER: Kate Croser, Dario Russo

DIRECTOR: Dario Russo


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RAIN SHADOW

(2007)

Two women. A town of secrets. A broken land. Stars Rachel Ward, Victoria Thaine, Grant Piro, Gary Sweet.

PRODUCER: Gus Howard

DIRECTOR: Fiona Banks, Shawn Seet

Available to watch now: Amazon Prime, 7Plus



THE FAIRIES (SERIES 1 & 2)

(2007)

With sparkle, laughter and sing-along songs, ‘The Fairies’ follows the lives of two beautiful fairies, Harmony and Rhapsody who live at the Bottom of the Garden in Fairyland. Stars Candice Moll, Ruth Natalie Fallon, PJ Oaten .

PRODUCER: Jen Watts and David Hancock

DIRECTOR: Mat King and Mark Evans



DISAPPEARANCE

(2002)

Robert Greenwald Productions

when the Henley family stop to take holiday snap-shots of a ghost town in Nevada, strange things begin to happen. Stars Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Jer Adrianne Lelliott.
Visual Effects work produced in South Australia by Rising Sun Pictures.

PRODUCER: Michael Gallant

DIRECTOR: Walter Klenhard



MCLEOD'S DAUGHTERS

(2001)

Millennium Television / Nine Network

Five women run a cattle station, “Drover’s Run”, in the outback of South Australia.
Winner – 2007 Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent (Dustin Clare)
Winner – 2007 Logie Award for Most Popular Actor (Aaron Jeffery)
Winner – 2005 Logie Award for Most Popular Australian Drama
Winner – 2004 Logie Award for Most Popular Australian Drama Series
Winner – 2004 Logie Award for Most Popular Actor (Aaron Jeffery)
Winner – 2004 Logie Award for Most Popular Actress (Lisa Chappell)
Winner – 2004 Logie Award for Most Popular Australian Series
Winner – 2002 Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent (Lisa Chappell)

PRODUCER: Andrew Blaxland

Available to watch now: 9Now, iTunes, Stan



CHUCK FINN (SERIES 1-4)

(1999)

Barron Entertainment Ltd

A group of kids try to run a successful riverboat business with the help of some ghostly friends. Stars Luke O’Loughlin, Cassandra Kane, Johnny Diaz.

PRODUCER: Paul Barron, Barbi Taylor and Jane Ballantyne

DIRECTOR: Pino Amenta, Steve Peddie and Karl Zwicky, Edward McQueen-Mason



THE DEVIL GAME

(1997)

Barron Television

Detectives try to cracking down on a drug smuggling ring in a local fishing village. Stars Jacqueline McKenzie, Andy Anderson, Guy Pearce.

PRODUCER: Paul D Barron, Julie Monton

DIRECTOR: Michael Carson


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MASLIN BEACH

(1996)

A romantic comedy set on a nude beach. Stars Michael Allen, Eliza Lovell, Leylah Love.

PRODUCER: Wayne Groom

DIRECTOR: Wayne Groom



THREE FOREVER

(1996)

Vertigo Productions

SBS TV series that tells the story of three orphans, Danny, Frances and Paulie, who together are on a quest for happiness. Stars Paul Blackwell, Laura Curnow, Miranda Elliot.

PRODUCER: Rolf de Heer, Domenico Procacci

DIRECTOR: Franco di Chiera



MCLEOD'S DAUGHTERS (TELEMOVIE)

(1995)

Millennium Pictures

Tess (Kym Wilson) returns home to Drovers Run, a family-run ranch in Australia’s outback, to reunite with her estranged father Jack (Jack Thompson) and half sister Claire (Tammy McIntosh). Although Tess and Claire have feuded in the past, they must now work together to save the ranch from bankruptcy.

PRODUCER: Posie Graeme Evans

DIRECTOR: Michael Offer


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SUN ON THE STUBBLE

(1995)

Film Australia

Various stories of Bruno and his German Australian family, living in early 1930s rural South Australia.
This series was also known as “The Valley Between”.

PRODUCER: Terry Jennings

DIRECTOR: Rob Marchand



THE TERRITORIANS

(1995)

Robert Bruning Productions

Two policemen – one British in every way, one an Aboriginal man born and bred in the Outback – are forced to combine their talents to solve a major crime.
Winner of an Australian Cinematographers Society Golden Tripod Award for Telefeatures, TV Drama and Miniseries.

PRODUCER: Robert Bruning

DIRECTOR: Michael Offer



GLAD RAGS

(1994)

Nomad Films

13 year old Lizzie Forbes lives with her mother above their costume hire shop Glad Rags. A crooked property developer tries to take over their building, but Lizzie and her young neighbours outwit him at every turn.

PRODUCER: Kate Faulkner, Doug Stanley

DIRECTOR: Bob Stewart



EBBTIDE

(1994)

Genesis Films

Made directly for American television, this noir thriller is about a cynical lawyer who, while investigating a toxic waste case, becomes involved in a perilous affair with the company owner’s wife. When the husband is apparently killed, the lawyer must uncover the truth before he is implicated. Stars Harry Hamlin, Judy McIntosh, John Waters.

PRODUCER: Paul Davies, Craig Lahiff, Helen Leake

DIRECTOR: Craig Lahiff


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THE BATTLERS

(1994)

South Australian Film Corporation

Mini series about two drifters during the Great Depression, based on the novel of the same name by Kylie Tennant. Stars Gary Sweet, Jacqueline McKenzie, Marcus Graham.

PRODUCER: Gus Howard

DIRECTOR: George Ogilvie

Available to watch now: Amazon Prime, Umbrella On Demand



TRACKS OF GLORY

(1992)

Barron Films

Set in the early 1900s, this mini-series tells the true story of black American cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor as he overcomes racial prejudice and personal obstacles to take on Australian champ Don Walker in the richest cycling race in the world. Filmed at various locations around Adelaide, including Adelaide Showgrounds, Mount Lofty House, and at the SAFC Studios in Hendon.

PRODUCER: Paul Barron

DIRECTOR: Marcus Cole

Available to watch now: Amazon Prime



THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BLACK BEAUTY

(1992)

Seven Network, Pro-Films

A children’s period drama following the adventures of Isabella Barrett, a 13 year-old orphan whose life changes dramatically when she is rescued by the beautiful horse Black Beauty. Stars Rebecca Gooden, Peter Bensley, Nicholas Bell.

PRODUCER: Sue Wild

DIRECTOR: Mario Andreacchio, Ian Gilmour, Sophia Turkiewicz


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HEROES II: THE RETURN

(1991)

Anthony Buckley Productions

The sequel to THE HEROES, a dramatisation of Operation Rimau, the raid on Singapore Harbour by the British and Australian Z Special Force. Stars Nathaniel Parker, Christopher Morsley, John Bach.

PRODUCER: Carol Hughes, Anthony Buckley

DIRECTOR: Donald Crombie



FINDERS KEEPERS

(1991)

South Australian Film Corporation / ABC

After receiving an invitation while playing on a computer to take part in a TV game show called “Finders Keepers”, Patrick is sucked through a time barrier to another world where he is given clues to find missing treasures from his own world and take part in a time travel treasure hunt. Based on the award winning book of the same name by Emily Rodda.

PRODUCER: Ian Bone

DIRECTOR: Scott Hicks, Peter Lindon


Golden Fiddles (1992)

GOLDEN FIDDLES

(1991)

South Australian Film Corporation

A heartwarming rags-to-riches story of a family during the Depression. The story is from a novel by Mary Grant Bruce. Stars Kate Nelligan, John Bach, Rachel Friend.

PRODUCER: Stanley Walsh

DIRECTOR: Claude Fournier

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jock Blair

Available to watch now: Amazon Prime, Umbrella On Demand



THE RIVER KINGS

(1991)

Prospect Productions

Set in the early 1920s, this mini-series follows a year in the life of a young man who runs away from home to work on a river steamer on the River Murray. Stars Bill Kerr, Edward Hepple, Willie Fennell.

PRODUCER: Rob George

DIRECTOR: Donald Crombie

Available to watch now: Amazon Prime, Umbrella On Demand



SON OF ROMEO

(1990)

Light Image

A blue screen version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Stars Chris Willems.

PRODUCER: Rick Cavaggion

DIRECTOR: Richard Jasek, Chris Willems



MORE WINNERS: SECOND CHILDHOOD

(1990)

Australian Childrens Television Foundation

Mark and his friends discover they’ve lived before. Stars Cameron Bryson, Hannah Birdsey, Jason Veliskou.

PRODUCER: Jane Ballantyne

DIRECTOR: Mario Andreacchio



CALL ME MR BROWN

(1990)

Kino Film

Based on the 1971 true story known as “The Great Plane Robbery”, this telemovie tells the story of two men who embark on a merry spending spree after extorting $500,000 from an Australian airline. Stars Chris Haywood, Russell Kiefel, John Polson.
This telemovie was filmed during late 1985 and was set for release in 1986. The property was purchased by Network Ten for seven years of television rights. However, it was never screened on television, and was released on home video in 1990.

PRODUCER: Terry Jennings

DIRECTOR: Scott Hicks


Shadows of the Heart (1990)

SHADOWS OF THE HEART

(1990)

South Australian Film Corporation

Conflict fuels passion between a Roman Catholic priest and a woman doctor on a 1920s island.

PRODUCER: Jan Marnell

DIRECTOR: Rod Hardy

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jock Blair

Available to watch now: Amazon Prime, Umbrella On Demand


Grim Pickings (1989)

GRIM PICKINGS

(1989)

South Australian Film Corporation / Channel Nine

Mystery abounds when a murder occurs during a family reunion weekend in fruit harvest time. A whodunit based on the novel by Jennifer Rowe. Stars Lorraine Bayly, Liddy Clark, Max Cullen.

PRODUCER: Damien Parer

DIRECTOR: Riccardo Pellizzeri

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jock Blair



CIRCLE OF LOVE

(1988)

Lorimar Telepictures

When Aaron learns his oldest son Noah has been killed in an accident, he moves his Amish family from Pennsylvania to Noah’s California winery to help his pregnant girlfriend with the harvest and the baby. Stars Merlin Olsen, Belinda Montgomery, Samantha Mathis.
Original title: “Aaron’s Way: The Harvest”.

DIRECTOR: Noel Nosseck



CAPTAIN JOHNNO

(1988)

Australian Childrens Television Foundation

A deaf boy befriends an Italian fisherman in his village. Stars John Waters, Damien Walters, Rebecca Sykes.

PRODUCER: Jane Ballantyne

DIRECTOR: Mario Andreacchio



THE ALIEN YEARS

(1988)

Resolution / ABC

Three-part ABC miniseries set during the late 19th century that tells the story of upper class woman Elizabeth Patterson who elopes with German immigrant Stefan Mueller. The pair start their own vineyard but soon World War I threatens to tear apart their lives. Stars Victoria Longley, Christoph Waltz, John Hargreaves.

PRODUCER: Ray Alchin

DIRECTOR: Donald Crombie



THE GIFT

(1988)

Illumination Films

Sofia and Nikos win a valuable piece of land in a lottery and their father sees a chance to buy a better home for everyone by selling it – but the two children have their own ideas. Stars Nicholas Hatjiandreou, Vicki Serbos, Alexis Anthopoulos.

PRODUCER: Tony Llewellyn-Jones

DIRECTOR: Paul Cox



CODA

(1987)

Genesis Films

A maniac is stalking and killing female students at a university. Stars Penny Cook, Arna-Maria Winchester, Liddy Clark.

PRODUCER: Terry Jennings, Craig Lahiff

DIRECTOR: Craig Lahiff


The Shiralee (1987)

THE SHIRALEE

(1987)

South Australian Film Corporation

Set in the 1940s, an itinerant worker travels through the Outback with his young daughter in search of work. Stars Bryan Brown, Noni Hazlehurst, Rebecca Smart.

PRODUCER: Bruce Moir

DIRECTOR: George Ogilvie

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jock Blair

Available to watch now: Amazon Prime, Umbrella On Demand



THE PAPER BOY

(1985)

Australian Childrens Television Foundation

It’s going to be a bleak Christmas for the Riordans when Joe’s father gets the sack in December, 1932. The money 13-year old Joe gets from selling papers is all they have. Then Joe and his dad have a fight. Joe leaves home vowing never to return. He lives on the streets, battling with his wits and his fists as he gets to know the city and its characters. The downs and outs, the communist agitators, the Sallies, old Harris, his mate … Persuaded by his mother, Joe returns home for Christmas to an uneasy truce with his father, but the situation changes when his father finds a job and realises his son is now a man. Stars Christopher Schlusser, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Linden Wilkinson.

PRODUCER: Jane Ballantyne

DIRECTOR: Paul Cox


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ALL THE RIVERS RUN

(1983)

Crawford Productions

Orphaned after a shipwreck off the Victorian coast of Australia, the beautiful and spirited Philadelphia Gordon finds both love and adventure aboard a paddle-steamer on the Murray River. Stars John Waters, John Alansu, Sigrid Thornton.

PRODUCER: Alan Hardy

DIRECTOR: Pino Amenta, George Miller


Under Capricorn (1983)

UNDER CAPRICORN

(1983)

South Australian Film Corporation

After arriving in Australia, a man becomes friends with a young woman whose husband and housekeeper are conspiring to murder her. As the man attempts to help the woman, a secret passion threatens to destroy them both. Stars Lisa Harrow, John Hallam, Peter Cousens.

PRODUCER: Jock Blair

DIRECTOR: Rod Hardy

Available to watch now: Amazon Prime, Umbrella On Demand


Sara Dane (1981)

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SARA DANE

(1982)

South Australian Film Corporation

The lavish, passionate story of a beautiful convict girl, Sara Dane who is transported from England to Australia for a crime she did not commit. She struggle for freedom and independence against almost impossible odds. Stars Juliet Jordan, Harold Hopkins, Brenton Whittle.

PRODUCER: Jock Blair

DIRECTOR: Gary Conway, Rod Hardy

Available to watch now: Amazon Prime, Umbrella On Demand



HARVEST OF HATE

(1977)

South Australian Film Corporation / Nine Network

A young couple is captured by Arab terrorists in the Simpson Desert. Stars Dennis Grosvenor, Kris McQuade, Michael Aitkens.

PRODUCER: Jane Scott

DIRECTOR: Michael Thornhill



SOUND OF LOVE

(1977)

South Australian Film Corporation / Nine Network

A romance about two people who are both disabled. Racing car driver Dave and street-girl Eileen fall in love after he has a car accident. Stars John Jarratt, Celia De Burgh, George Ogilvie.

PRODUCER: Jane Scott

DIRECTOR: John Power

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