Produced by Seven Productions and South Pacific Pictures
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, et al
8MMM Aboriginal Radio
Produced by Brindle Films Pty Ltd
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
Cast: Geoff Morrell, Shari Sebbens, Ian Meadows, Trisha Morton-Thomas, Laura Hughes, Elaine Crombie, Zac James, Warren H Williams
Bay of Plenty [UK]
Produced by Carnival Films
A darkly eccentric drama that will follow a London detective's move to Rotorua with her partner and kids.
The Beautiful Lie
Produced by Endemol Australia
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. 6x60min
Produced by CJZ in association with ABC TV
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?
Cast: Shaun Micallef
Filthy Rich [NZ]
Produced by Filthy Productions
Filthy Rich follows three young characters who find they are the illegitimate off-spring of one of New Zealand's wealthiest men. 20x45min
Ghosts of Time
Produced by Three's A Company
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.
H2O - Mermaid Adventures
Produced by Jonathan M Shiff Productions Pty Ltd
Animated series. youtube trailer. 52x24min
Voice Cast: ...
Produced by Great Southern Television
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
Produced by Gristmill Pty Ltd
A mockumentary 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
Produced by Matchbox Pictures
Simon Chan has returned to his hometown after many years training in a faraway martial arts temple. He is a born hero, defender of the weak and champion of the honest people of Cabramatta... Well, not really. The truth is Simon was at art school but he'd rather risk his life than disappoint his mother. Welcome to Maximum Choppage, a painfully funny kung fu comedy where identity, family and love is a battlefield.
Cast: Lawrence Leung, Dave Eastgate, Stephanie Son, Darren Gilshenan, Anthony Brandon Wong, Jason Chong, Andy Trieu, Georgina Haig, Lap Phan, Felino Dolloso, Kathryn Yuen
My Life in 50 Words or Less
Produced by Big Chance Films Pty Ltd
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. Filming begins 2015.
Produced by Working Dog
A prime-time adult animation series
Please Like Me - series 3
A Pigeon Fancier/John & Josh International
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
As a community struggles to co-exist with non-human creatures living amongst them, two estranged brothers find themselves at a crossroads.
Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane
Produced by Sticky Pictures
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)
Produced by Matchbox Pictures
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.
Produced by Flying Bark Productions, Telegael Teoranta and Discreet Art Productions
Inspired by the beloved Australian children's books by Barbara and Anna Feinberg, Tashi plunges us into an adventurous world full of giants, goblins, genies and danger. When Jack's parents bundle him off to stay with his distant cousin Tashi, the two boys become swept up in a series of wild adventures exploring a fantastical land far, far away, and protecting Tashi's village from a host of creatures and villains. (52x12 mins)
Cast: James Buckingham, Leon Williams, Jacqueline Marriott
Utopia - series 2
Produced by Working Dog
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
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
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
Produced by RSJ Films (UK) and See-Saw Films (Aus)
An epic seven part series from award-winning writer/creator Jimmy McGovern loosely inspired by events in the 18th century when Britain established a penal colony on the other side of the world. Filming began in April 2014.
Cast: David Wenham as Governor Arthur Phillip, Joseph Milson as Major Ross, Ryan Corr, Adam Nagaitis, Ewen Bremner, Genevieve O'Reilly, Brooke Harman, Orla Brady, Joanna Vanderham, Myanna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Russell Tovey
Produced by Screentime
Based on the historical events of 1629 when a Dutch merchant ship foundered off the coast of Western Australia, Batavia combines sea-faring adventure, the battle of good versus evil, mutiny, ship-wreck, love, lust, criminality, a reign of terror, sexual slavery, natural nobility, survival, retribution, rescue and the birth of the world's first corporation. Based on the Peter Fitzsimon's bestseller. (6 x 60min)
Produced by Shine Pty Ltd
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
Produced by Universal Cable Productions
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
Deadline Gallipoli (pka: The Gallipoli Story)
Produced by Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd
The story of journalists Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead Bartlett and Philip Schuler, sent with the troops to Gallipoli in 1915, and how their quest for the truth helped change the war's course - and its legend. Airing 2015
Cast: Sam Worthington as Phillip Schuler, Ewan Leslie as Keith Murdoch, Hugh Dancy, et al
The Doctor Blake Mysteries - series 3
Produced by December Media
Things have changed for Doctor Lucien Blake. His co- conspirator Lawson has been sacked from Ballarat, and Blake's emotional embrace with Jean has changed life in the house. Doctor Blake finds his tenure under threat by a new arrival. But that's the least of his troubles when he uncovers a dark story behind his mother's death. 8x60min
Cast: Craig McLachlan, Joel Tobeck, Nadine Garner, John Wood, Cate Wolfe, Charlie Cousins
Produced by Southern Star Entertainment Pty Ltd
The greatest invasion in the history of warfare was to become a diabolical failure — an eight-month siege where the bravery of Anzac troops was squandered. But in doing so a legend, and a nation, were born. To air on the 100th anniversary in 2015. (4 x 2hr)
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harry Greenwood, Tom Budge, Sam Parsonson, Lincoln Lewis, Matt Nable, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Anthony Hayes, Lachy Hulme, James Callis, Ashleigh Cummings, Travis Jeffery, Dion Williams,
Produced by Matchbox Pictures
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
Produced by Playmaker Media
You can change your job, your city, your identity, but some things can haunt you forever. And they could cost Lincoln Swift and his family their lives in the uniquely gripping, family drama series, HIDING. In order to survive, Lincoln Swift (James Stewart) must take his family into witness protection and give evidence against his former employer, vicious crime boss Nils Vandenberg (Marcus Graham). With new names and fresh identities, the Swifts are ripped from their Gold Coast home and dumped in Western Sydney. But dislocation puts immense pressure on everyone in the family. Lincoln's new 'job' in the Criminal Psychology department of a Sydney university challenges him in fundamental ways. Mitchell (Lincoln Younes) and Tara (Olivia DeJonge) are forced to make sacrifices — no phones or Facebook, and no contact with best friends, which for Mitchell, means giving up gorgeous girlfriend, Kelly. Lincoln's wife, Rebecca (Kate Jenkinson), has to give up her career as a nurse and immediately cut off all contact with her mother, brother, and very pregnant sister-in-law. As cracks start to appear in security, Rebecca begins to suspect Lincoln is keeping secret the true danger the family is in. And Rebecca is proved right! 8x60min
Cast: James Stewart, Kate Jenkinson, Lincoln Younes, Olivia DeJonge, Stephen Curry, Nathan Page, Jodi Gordon, Kim Gyngell, Jacqueline McKenzie
In Your Dreams - series 2
Produced by Southern Star Entertainment in association with T.V Plus
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
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
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 2 & 3
Produced by Jonathan M Shiff Productions Pty Ltd
A new mermaid arrives convinced that Zac is a danger to mermaids everywhere, not realising that there may be another merman in town bent on seizing Mako Island for himself.
Cast: Surichai Romruen, Dominic Deutsher, Ivy Latimer, Lucy Fry, Kerith Atkinson
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - series 3
Produced by Every Cloud Productions
The highly stylish Miss Phryne Fisher continues her foray through the colourful world of 1920s Melbourne solving crimes and turning heads. 8x60min
Cast: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Ashleigh Cummings, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Miriam Margolyes
Produced by M4 Entertainment
At a time when Australia was finding her voice, Molly Meldrum helped us find the music.
Produced by Essential Media & Entertainment
A gritty adult drama that revolves around a high school in Sydney's tough south-west where life's lessons are more often handed down on the streets than in the classroom. Production begins November 2014.
Cast: Alex Dimitriades, Aden Young, Salvatore Coco, et al
The Secret River
Produced by Ruby Entertainment
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 90min)
Cast: Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Sarah Snook, Lachy Hulme, Trevor Jamieson, Tim Minchin, Genevieve Lemon
Wentworth - series 3
Produced by FremantleMedia Australia
Cast: Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Pamela Rabe, Kate Atkinson, Celia Ireland, Shareena Clanton, Aaron Jeffery, Robbie Magasiva, Katrina Milosevic
A six-part thriller TV series based on the telemovie THE KILLING FIELD, starring Rebecca Gibney and Peter O'Brien as Detective Sergeant Eve Winter and Detective Inspector Lachlan McKenzie, Eve's former boss and love interest. Together, they must solve the chilling murder of young 23-year-old mother at a fishing town south of Sydney.
Cast: Rebecca Gibney, Peter O'Brien, Matt Nable
Dogstar Christmas in Space
Produced by Media World Pictures
In space, no one can hear you open your presents.
Gina v Rose: The House of Hancock (pka: Gina)
Produced by Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder
Telemovie profiling the world's richest woman Gina Rinehart and the Hancock/Rinehart dynasty. The plot follows the public feud between Gina and her father Lang Hancock's second wife Rose Lacson, her struggle to rebuild the company following her father's death, and her recent battles with her children over their multi-billion dollar inheritance.
Cast: Mandy McElhinney, Sam Neill, Peta Sergeant, et al
Produced by Bogan Entertainment Solutions
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
Produced by Blackfella Films
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
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