TV Series Index


Series/Serials

800 Words

Produced by Seven Productions and South Pacific Pictures
Creators: James Griffin and Maxine Fleming
Producer: Britta Hawkins
Directors:
Writers: James Griffin, Maxine Fleming
Network: Seven

Erik Thomson plays George, a man who used to skate through life but who is now stumbling. When his wife dies suddenly, George makes a rash decision to move his two teenage kids away from the big smoke of Sydney to a picturesque town in New Zealand. All he wants to do is make a fresh start but it seems that everyone — his kids, the townspeople, the universe — have other ideas. (8 x 45min)

Cast: Erik Thomson, Bridie Carter, Melina Vidler, Bensen Jack Anthony, Rick Donald, Emma Leonard

8MMM Aboriginal Radio

Produced by Brindle Films Pty Ltd
Producers: Rachel Clements, Trisha Morton-Thomas, Anna Cadden
Writers: Trisha Morton-Thomas, Danielle MacLean, Sonja Dare
Director: Beck Cole
Network: ABC2

8MMM Aboriginal Radio in Alice Springs runs on the smell of an oily rag, the enthusiasm of its motley Indigenous crew and the misguided intentions of the whitefellas in charge. For the 3M's of Alice Springs - the missionaries, mercenaries and misfits - saving Aboriginal people from themselves is hard work. Especially Aboriginal people who expect to be heard on the radio and in the office. Princess Pictures and Brindle Films bravely step into the vortex of Aboriginal Australia, where truth and comedy collide. 6x30min

Cast: Geoff Morrell, Shari Sebbens, Ian Meadows, Trisha Morton-Thomas, Laura Hughes, Elaine Crombie, Zac James, Warren H Williams

Bay of Plenty [UK/NZ]

Produced by Carnival Films and Libertine Pictures
Executive Producers: Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant; Neil Cross, Richard Fletcher, Paul Davis
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Writer: Neil Cross
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A darkly eccentric drama that will follow a London detective's move to Rotorua with her partner and kids.

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The Code - series 2

Produced by Playmaker Media Pty Ltd
Producers: Shelley Birse, Di Haddon, David Maher, David Taylor
Director: Shawn Seet
Writers: Shelley Birse, Sean Cook
Network: ABC

Did Ned, Jesse and Hani really think they would be able to just stroll away from the shit-storm they unleashed at the end of series 1, a little bruised, but essentially scott-free? As series 2 opens, serious charges are being filed in an American court and Ned and Jesse Banks come face to face with the very real possibility of being extradited to the US. Fortunately for the Banks brothers, the folks in National Security are sitting on a nut they just can't crack and Jesse Banks might be the man to do it₊

Cast: Ashley Zukerman, Dan Spielman, Adele Perovic

Dumb Criminals Motorcycle Club

Produced by Antichocko Productions Pty Ltd
Executive Producer: Andrew Taylor
Producers: Paul Fenech, Joe Weatherstone
Writer/Director: Paul Fenech
Network: Online

The story of two hopeless crims, Rabbit and Rongo. Out of jail, they regroup and battle old girlfriends, bikie gangs and their own stupid plans and schemes. They team up with other petty criminals, Jimmy Speed, Pothead and Droptank. This series is based on true dumb crimes from around the world only the names have been changed to expose the guilty. The old saying goes, crime doesn't pay... Well, it pays less if you're a DUMB CRIMINAL.

Cast: Paul Fenech, et al

The Ex-PM

Produced by CJZ in association with ABC TV
Producer: Nick Murray
Writer: Shaun Micallef
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Network: ABC

As our third longest-serving prime minister, Andrew Dugdale (Shaun Micallef) was a man who mattered. He dined with presidents and kings, co-hosted world summits and changed the lives of millions of his fellow Australians. But since his publicly-mandated retirement, this not-so-elder statesman has far too much time on his hands and no one to waste it on. What's a former Man of the People to do? (6x30min)

Cast: Shaun Micallef

The Family Law

Produced by Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd
Producers: Julie Eckersley, Sophie Miller
Executive Producers: Tony Ayres, Debbie Lee
Writers: Benjamin Law, Marieke Hardy
Network: SBS

Welcome to The Family Law. The story of a sprawling Chinese-Australian family who are unlike any you've ever met, and yet also disturbingly familiar. Based on the hit memoir, The Family Law is a black comedy series set on Queensland's Sunshine Coast over one hot summer. Fourteen-year-old Benjamin Law strives for television soap mega-stardom whilst trying to stop his parents from splitting up, usually with disastrous results.

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Filthy Rich [NZ]

Produced by Filthy Productions
Producer: Steven Zanoski
Creators: Rachel Lang and Gavin Strawhan
Writer: Gavin Strawhan
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Network: TV2

Filthy Rich follows three young characters who find they are the illegitimate off-spring of one of New Zealand's wealthiest men. When he dies, these unwanted, unexpected heirs stand to share in his legacy — but not if his legitimate family has anything to do with it. They're bonded through thick and thin, sick and sin. But who is good? Who is bad? This is a game, a power struggle, a family torn asunder — who will be the victor? 20x45min

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Ghosts of Time

Produced by Three's A Company
Producer: Geoff Watson
Director: Geoff Watson
Writer: David Witt
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Animated. Some kids find a haunted house that can travel through time, they and its ghostly inhabitant go on adventures which are both comic and thrilling.

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H2O - Mermaid Adventures

Produced by Jonathan M Shiff Productions Pty Ltd
Producer: Jonathan Shiff
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Animated series. youtube trailer. 52x24min

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Hillary [NZ]

Produced by Great Southern Television
Executive Producers: Phil Smith and Tom Scott
Producer: Carmen Leonard
Director: Danny Mulheron
Writers: Tom Scott and Greg McGee
Network: TV One

A landmark series telling the complete story of Sir Edmund Hillary's life. Based on the story told by Sir Edmund exclusively to Tom Scott for his biography. 6x1hr

Cast: Andrew Munro as Edmund Hillary, Dean O'Gorman as George Lowe, Amy Usherwood, Alison Bruce, Stephen Lovatt, Joel Tobeck, Jared Turner, Ryan O'Kane, Peter Daube, Mick Rose, Darren Young

House Husbands - series 4

Produced by Playmaker Media
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Network: Nine

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Jack Irish

Produced by Essential Media and Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producers: Ian Collie, Andrew Knight
Directors: Jeffrey Walker, Daniel Nettheim, Jonathan Teplitzky
Writers: Matt Cameron, Andrew Knight, Andrew Anastasios
Network: ABC

Things are on the move for Jack Irish in this gripping new series. He's offered a scam that could cost him dearly, secrets surround an unexpected romance and his new mysterious client goes missing before he meets her. As well as a major crime story arc, the familiar endearing characters of Jack's world remain committed to complicating Jack's life at every turn.

Cast: Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp

Little Lunch

Produced by Gristmill Pty Ltd
Executive Producer: Bernadette O'Mahoney
Producers: Wayne Hope, Robyn Butler
Writers: Wayne Hope, Robyn Butler
Directors: Wayne Hope, Erin White, Ian Reiser, Bob Franklin
Network: ABC3

A mockumentary children's comedy series about what happens in the primary school playground at snack time, told through the eyes of six children. Based on the books written by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane. 26x15min

Cast: Joshua Sitch as Atticus, Flynn Curry as Rory, Madison Lu as Melanie, Faith Seci as Debra-Jo, Olivia Deeble as Tamara, Oisin O'Leary as Battie

Ready For This (pka: My Life in 50 Words or Less)

Produced by Big Chance Films Pty Ltd
Creators: Liz Doran, Joanna Werner, Darren Dale, Miranda Dear
Executive Producers: Darren Dale, Joanna Werner
Producers: Joanna Werner, Miranda Dear
Writers: Liz Doran, Adrian Wills, Jon Bell, Josh Mapleston, Kristen Dunphy, Steve McGregor, Kirsty Fisher
Director: Daina Reid, Adrian Wills and Tony Krawitz
Network: ABC

A long way from home, five Indigenous kids come to the city to explore their dreams. For some it's the opportunity of a lifetime, for others it's a last chance. For all of them, family is the last thing they expect to find.

Cast: Aaron McGrath, Leonie Whyman, Madeleine Madden, Christian Byers, Christine Anu, Lasarus Ratuere, Majeda Beatty, Liam Talty, Hamish Michael, Jimi Bani, Damian de Montemas, Tammy Clarkson, Tony Briggs, Ryan Johnson

Pacific Heat

Produced by Working Dog
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A prime-time adult animation series

Please Like Me - series 3

A Pigeon Fancier/John & Josh International
Executive Producers: Todd Abbott, Josh Thomas, Kevin Whyte
Producer: Todd Abbott
Director: Matthew Saville
Writers: Josh Thomas, Liz Doran, Thomas Ward, Hannah Gadsby
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In season three, new characters arrive, complications ensue, and a cast of extraordinary performers compete for screen time with John the cavoodle. Here we go again. 10x30min

Cast: Josh Thomas, Debra Lawrance, David Roberts, Thomas Ward, Renee Lim, Keegan Joyce, Hannah Gadsby

Project CM (working title)

Produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia Pty Ltd & Pukeko Pictures
Executive Producers: Sally Riley, Kylie du Fresne, Ben Grant, Martin Baynton, Adam Fratto
Producers: Rosemary Blight, Ryan Griffen, Angela Littlejohn, Lauren Edwards
Writers: Jon Bell, Jonathan Gavin, Michael Miller
Network: ABC

As a community struggles to co-exist with non-human creatures living amongst them, two estranged brothers find themselves at a crossroads.

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Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane

Produced by Sticky Pictures
Producer: Donna Andrews
Co-producer: Chris McDonald
Director: Jonathan Brough
Writers: Sam McMillan, Heath McIvor
Network: ABC

Loyal, eccentric and prone to bursting into song at any given moment, socially inept Sammy J, an incompetent lawyer, and still pining divorcee Randy make unlikely best friends. But their cavalier approach to life sees them shunned by their neighbours and despised by their colleagues so all they have is each other. But when Randy's need to win back his ex-wife clashes with Sammy's push to finally win a case their friendship will be severely tested. Their can't-live-with / can't-live-without each other relationship will be forced to go one way or the other. (6 x 24min)

Cast: Sammy J [Sam McMillan], Randy [Heath McIvor], Nathan Lovejoy, Georgia Chara, Samantha Healy; Genevieve Morris, Wilbur Wilde, Anne Phelan

Secret City

Produced by Matchbox Pictures
Executive Producer: Penny Chapman
Producer: Joanna Werner
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Writers: Belinda Chayko, Matt Cameron, Marieke Hardy, Alice Addison, Tommy Murphy, Kris Mrksa, Greg Waters
Network: Foxtel

Set amidst rising tension between China and America, the six-part series follows Helen, a political journalist, who uncovers a conspiracy which leads her into the underground world of political deception with deadly consequences. Based on the best-selling novel The Marmalade Files and upcoming sequel The Mandarin Code.

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Utopia - series 2

Produced by Working Dog
Producers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch
Executive Producer: Michael Hirsh
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch
Director: Rob Sitch
Network: ABC

After becoming one of the government's true success stories for 2014, the Nation Building Authority has been expanded and is now known as the Department of Nation Building and Infrastructure. A year on, they have agreed on a font for their new logo and are in the final stages of signing off on an internal office redesign. Once those challenges are met (and everyone's back from the South Pacific Urban Living Conference in Berlin) then the team at D.N.B.I will be ready to start planning for our country's future.

Cast: Rob Sitch, Celia Pacquola, Anthony Lehmann, Kitty Flanagan, Luke McGregor, Dave Lawson, Emma-Louise Wilson, Michelle Lim Davidson and Toby Truslove

Wastelander Panda - The Chronicle of Isaac and Rose

Produced by Madman Entertainment
Producers: Kirsty Stark, Nick Batzias
Director: Victoria Cocks
Writers: Victoria Cocks, Mick Jones, Matt Vesely
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One of the last pandas in the Wasteland, Isaac has grown up with his family serving the Tribe of Legion. After an inexcusable crime sees him banished out into the Wasteland, along with his mother and brother, Isaac sets out to find a young girl; his only chance of reinstating his family to the safety of the Tribe. In the desperate and savage world of the Wasteland, Isaac aligns himself with bounty hunters the Helm Clan. Betrayed by the Clan during a raid, he flees with a young girl, hoping to reach his family before Varrick and her mercenaries track him down. But Rose, his prize, is not what he expects, and Legion may not be the right place for him after all.

Cast: Chantal Contouri, Aaron Schuppan, Marcus McKenzie, Brendan Cowell, Lily Pearl

Westside Story [NZ]

Produced by South Pacific Pictures
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Network: TV3

A prequel to Outrageous Fortune, Westside Story is set in 1970s Auckland, against a backdrop of social and economic upheaval and will tell the story of legendary safe-cracker and career criminal Ted West, his wife Rita and their son Wolfgang. 6x45min.

Cast: Antonia Prebble, David de Lautour, Esther Stephens, Dan Musgrove, Will Hall, Todd Emerson, Pana Hema-Taylor, Xavier Horan, Sophie Hambleton

Winners and Losers - series 5

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Network: Seven

In Season 5 friendship and love will triumph as the girls support each other through happiness and heartache, delivering the show's most emotional season yet.

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Miniseries

The Beautiful Lie

Produced by Endemol Australia
Producers: John Edwards and Imogen Banks
Writers: Alice Bell, Jonathan Gavin, Blake Ayshford
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Network: ABC

A grand, complex love story. It's also an engaging contemporary re-imagining of the greatest tragic romance of all time, Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. But THE BEAUTIFUL LIE is more than a great love story. It's a sprawling saga of adultery, scandal, manners and mayhem — about the fates of three enmeshed families across three generations. (6 x 60min)

Catching Milat

Produced by Shine Pty Ltd
Producers: Kerrie Mainwaring, Rory Callaghan
Director: Peter Andrikidis
Writer: Dalton Dartmouth
Network: Seven

Catching Milat tells the true story of how the NSW Police Taskforce Air, and in particular Detective Paul Gordon, tracked down and caught Ivan Milat — the man responsible for the infamous Backpacker Murders. Set against a backdrop of a public alarm, high level government pressure and an international press demanding a result, Catching Milat is a pacy, physiological thriller — a real life whodunit with very real heroes and villains.

Cast: Richard Cawthorne, Geoff Morrell, Mal Kennard, David Field

Childhood's End [USA]

Produced by Universal Cable Productions
Producers: Jeffrey Hayes, Brett Popplewell
Director: Nick Hurran
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A US science fiction television miniseries filmed in Australia based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel, CHILDHOOD'S END and following the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords.

Cast: Ashley Zukerman, Charles Dance, Osy Ikhile, Zara Michales, Yael Stone, Tanc Sade, Jacob Holt, Hayley Magnus, Charlotte Nicdao, Zahra Newman

Glitch

Produced by Matchbox Pictures
Executive Producer: Tony Ayres
Producers: Ewan Burnett, Louise Fox
Writers: Louise Fox, Kris Mrksa and Giula Sandler
Director: Emma Freeman
Network: ABC

When small town cop James Hayes (Patrick Brammall) is called to the local cemetery in the middle of the night he makes a discovery that turns his world upside down. Six people have inexplicably risen from the dead in perfect health. With no memory of their identities, their disbelief gives way to a determination to discover who they are and what has happened to them. But the case soon becomes deeply personal to James when he recognises one of the risen. Along with local doctor Elishia Glass (Genevieve O'Reilly), he struggles to keep the case hidden from his colleagues, his family and the world. His secret tests him as a policeman, a husband, and as a man, as one thing soon becomes clear: these six people are all linked in some way, and someone knows the truth about how and why they have returned. Filming began October 2014. 6x60min

Cast: Patrick Brammall, Genevieve O'Reilly, Emma Booth, Emily Barclay, Ned Dennehy, Daniela Farinacci, Sean Keenan

In Your Dreams - series 2

Produced by Southern Star Entertainment in association with T.V Plus
Producer: Noel Price
Director: Ralph Strasser
Writers: Josh Mapleston, John Armstrong, Tim Gooding, Julie Miller
Network: Seven

Sam and Ben are settling back into life in Australia when their eccentric German relatives, Philipp and Lili von Hasenburg arrive unexpectedly. But things suddenly go pear shaped when Philipp is arrested and can't return to Germany. The Australian twins must then make choices that will affect the lives of everyone around them. In production from Nov 2013 to Dec 2014 (26 x 24min)

Cast: Tessa de Josslyn, David Delmenico, Soma Pysall, Jorn Knebel

The Kettering Incident

Produced by Porchlight Films
Producer: Vincent Sheehan
Directors: Rowan Woods, Tony Krawitz
Writers: Vicki Andrew Knight, Cate Shortland, Louise Fox
Network: Foxtel

When two girls mysteriously disappear in identical circumstances in the wilds of Tasmania 15 years apart, Doctor Anna Macy finds herself inexplicably linked to both cases. To clear her name, Anna must delve into her troubled past and face some truths about herself and the otherworldly nature of this gothic land.

Cast: Elizabeth Debicki, Matt Le Nevez, Anthony Phelan, Damien Garvey, Sacha Horler, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Ben Oxenbould, Damon Gameau, Alison Whyte, Kris McQuade

Love Child - series 2

Produced by Playmaker Media
Producers: Tom Hoffie, Tim Pye
Directors: Shawn Seet, Geoff Bennett, Lynn-Maree Danzey
Writers: Cathryn Strickland, Jane Allen, Tim Pye, Tamara Asmar, Christine McCourt
Network: Nine

Series Two of LOVE CHILD begins on the eve of 1970. The final moments of the tumultuous sixties segue into the seventies, a new decade full of promise and rapid social change. Joan Millar, now a qualified obstetrician and the young mothers we have come to love are back in the heart of Kings Cross. We'll continue with them as they fight for their rights, for self-empowerment and for each other in a world changing, but still structured to deny them.

Cast: Jessica Marais, Jonathan LaPaglia, Mandy McElhinney, Ella Scott Lynch, Sophie Hensser, Gracie Gilbert, Harriet Dyer, Miranda Tapsell, Matt le Nevez, Lincoln Younes

Mako Mermaids - series 3

Produced by Jonathan M Shiff Productions Pty Ltd
Producer: Jonathan Shiff
Writers: Anthony Morris, Michael Joshua, Max Dann
Directors: Evan Clarry, Grant Brown

The Mako pod is threatened by a fearsome magical creature. Ondina, Mimmi, Sirena, Evie and Zac, together with the newly arrived Chinese mermaid, Weilan, must find a way to defeat it before the pod is destroyed forever. (13x30min)

Cast: Surichai Romruen, Dominic Deutsher, Ivy Latimer, Lucy Fry, Kerith Atkinson

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - series 3

Produced by Every Cloud Productions
Producers: Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox
Directors: Tony Tilse, Peter Andrikidis, Daina Reid, Mat King
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Network: ABC

In the keenly anticipated third series, the highly stylish Miss Phryne Fisher continues her foray through the colourful world of 1920s Melbourne solving crimes and turning heads. Phryne's investigations take her from an appearance in a glamorous magic show, to a high flying murder on the RAAF base, to the chic world of women's tennis, and finally to the grimy backwaters of Collingwood where she grew up. Whilst her investigations are dangerous, she does it all with lan and a great sense of fun. 8x60min

Cast: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Ashleigh Cummings, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Miriam Margolyes

Molly

Produced by M4 Entertainment
Executive Producers: Michael Gudinski, Mark Morrissey
Producer: John Molloy
Director: Kevin Carlin
Writers: Matt Cameron, Liz Doran
Network: Seven

At a time when Australia was finding her voice, Molly Meldrum helped us find the music.

Cast: Sam Johnson, Krew Boylan, et al

Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door

Produced by Shine Australia Pty Limited
Executive Producer: Rory Callaghan
Producers: Kerrie Mainwaring
Director: Shawn Seet
Writers: Justin Monjo, Michael Miller
Network: Seven

There are few Australian stories as remarkable as Peter Allen's. The boy from the bush whose talent, determination and drive made him Hollywood royalty and an international household name. The only Australian to win an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe, Allen wrote some of our most iconic songs. He died in 1992 at 48, but his songs and spirit live on — whether on the stage as part of The Boy from Oz or as part of Coldplay's no. 1 worldwide hit 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall'.

Cast: Joel Jackson, Rebecca Gibney, Sigrid Thornton, Rob Mills, Henri Szeps, Nick Farnell, Sara West

The Principal

Produced by Essential Media & Entertainment
Producer: Ian Collie
Writers: Kristen Dunphy, Alice Addison
Director: Kriv Stenders
Network: SBS

Matt Bashir, history teacher and former Deputy at a prestigious girls' school, is swiftly promoted to the position of Principal of Boxdale Boys High. In this notoriously violent and difficult school in Sydney's south-west, Lahood's radical approach brings him into conflict on all fronts and leaves his personal life dangerously exposed. He works overtime to get the local community on side, promising change in his charges. But just when it seems he is making progress, a 17-year-old student is found dead on school grounds. (4x52min)

Cast: Alex Dimitriades, Aden Young, Salvatore Coco, Rahel Romahn, Tyler De Nawi, Richard Carwin, Neveen Hanna, Maya Stange, Mirrah Foulkes, et al

The Secret River

Produced by Ruby Entertainment
Producers: Stephen Luby, Mark Ruse
Writers: Jan Sardi, Mac Gudgeon
Director: Daina Reid

In 1810, emancipated English convict William Thornhill stakes a claim on 100 acres of land on the remote Hawkesbury River in New South Wales, only to find that a clan of Aboriginal people also lay claim to the land, as they have done since time immemorial. (2 x 100min)

Cast: Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Sarah Snook, Lachy Hulme, Trevor Jamieson, Tim Minchin, Genevieve Lemon

Wentworth - series 3

Produced by FremantleMedia Australia
Producer: Amanda Crittenden
Directors: Kevin Carlin, Catherine Millar, Pino Amenta, Steve Jodrell, Dee McLachlan
Writers: Marcia Gardner, Pete McTighe, John Ridley, Tim Hobart
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Cast: Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Pamela Rabe, Kate Atkinson, Celia Ireland, Shareena Clanton, Aaron Jeffery, Robbie Magasiva, Katrina Milosevic

Telemovies

Dogstar Christmas in Space

Produced by Media World Pictures
Producer: Colin South
Director: Scott Vanden Bosch
Writers: Philip Dalkin, Doug MacLeod
Network: Nine

In space, no one can hear you open your presents.

Monster Beach

Produced by Bogan Entertainment Solutions
Producer: Bruce Kane
Director: Patrick Crawley
Writers: Bruce Kane, Patrick Crawley, Shane Krause, Shayne Armstrong
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A 1x70' special that tells the story of two brothers who are packed off on holiday to stay with their uncle, but run into trouble with the local community who turn out to be monsters.

Cast: Rove McManus, Steven Hall, Jacquie Brennan

Promise Me

Produced by Blackfella Films
Executive Producers: Sally Riley, Erica Glynn
Producers: Darren Dale and Miranda Dear
Director: Rachel Perkins
Writer: Steven McGregor
Network: ABC

The REDFERN NOW telemovie explores the question, how is it possible to maintain a sense of identity and culture in a changing world? How does one maintain a sense of community with the encroachment of other interests, demographics, businesses? It will explore the complexities of contemporary urban blackfellas dealing with these issues. And the conclusion will be yes, the community remains despite the challenges, and there is hope.

Cast: Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair, Rarriwuy Hick, Lisa Flanagan, Kelton Pell, Kirk Page, Anthony Hayes, Daniella Farinacci, Genevieve Lemon