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The story tells of orphaned Danny, Paulie and Frances who find they have a lot in common. Through Frances' psychic powers and shared adventures, in an often cruel and intolerant world, an unbreakable bond is produced - a pact to be '3-4 ever'. (2 x 100min)
Cast: Carlo Pedersoli, Peta Toppano, Paul Blackwell, Susan Lyons, Dennis Olsen
Back From The Dead
Friends Ruby and Corbet have a mutual friend, Professor Von Dog-Reutter, who loves a scientific challenge and what better than to dabble in science and theology. The results are death and destruction, demonic possession and general mayhem that draws colonial Hobart Town into the 1990s. (88min)
Cast: Tim Aris, Genevieve Morris, John Xintavelonis, Josephine Lee, Chris Baz
The Balanced Particle Freeway
Welcome to the far-famed and most reliable Balanced Particle Freeway, a magical adventure that can take you anywhere in the world in no time at all! That's what the dragon Mizuchi tells Lili and Bede when he unexpectedly crash lands in their backyard. The children discover that there is an entrance to the Balanced Particle Freeway just outside their back gate and it catapults them from school holiday boredom into high adventure. (90 min)
Cast: Molly McCaffrey, Damien Bodie, Trudy Hellier, Doug Bowles, Peter Hosking, Sheryl Munks, Anne Phelan, John Flaus, Hamish Hughes, Abbe Holmes
The Devil Game (aka Inferno)
Year: 1997 (Seven)
Frankie Smith is an undercover cop, a very good one. Still, Frankie spends so much of her life being someone else that the one person she hardly knows is herself. When Frankie goes in for a new brief, she is taken aback to find they want someone to go undercover into her sister's home town. Not only haven't they talked in eight years, heroin is being brought in by the local trawlers and Frankie's brother-in-law is a suspect. (90 min)
Cast: Jacqueline McKenzie, Guy Pearce, Andy Anderson, Asher Keddie, Martin Lynes, Sandy Winton
Set in a post-apocalyptic environment, DOOM RUNNERS follows a group of four kids as they trek across their ravaged world in search of a better life.
Cast: Tim Curry, Dean O'Gorman, Lea Moreno, Nathan Jones, Bradley Pierce, Rebecca Smart, Paul Livingston, Michael Lake, David Whitney, Peter Carroll, Jon Pollard
The life of Henry Fable changes dramatically when he comes into contact with the forces of chance and destiny. (88 min)
Cast: Simon Westaway, Melissa George, Marta Dusseldorp, David Franklin, Peter Hardy, Chris Haywood, Richard Piper, Paul Sonkkila
Halifax fp: Deja Vu
Jane Halifax is called out of semi-retirement to advise in the murder trial of a former patient who is accused of burning his parents to death. Realising the accused may not be guilty, Jane begins to suspect his brother, who seems to be living a bizarre double life.
Cast: Rebecca Gibney, Guy Pearce, Travis McMahon, Dee Smart, Philip Holder
Halifax fp: Isn't It Romantic
Jane Halifax clashes with a fiery homicide detective while profiling a series of bizarre killings. Convinced that Jane is wrong, the detective abuses his authority by framing his suspect, which leads to tragic circumstances.
Cast: Rebecca Gibney, Hugo Weaving, Grant Piro, Bruce Spence
Halifax fp: Afraid of the Dark
Jane Halifax must face the demons of her past when she is asked to join the investigation of a shocking mass killing. Her helplessness - she can help neither the survivors, nor the police in tracking down the killer - begins to extract a heavy toll on Jane's psyche.
Cast: Rebecca Gibney, Hugh Jackman, Shane Feeney-Connor, Susan Lyons
Year: Sunday, May 25, 1997
Kangaroo Palace is a compelling Australian drama with an all-star cast as the story is told of four Australians who leave their birth country for the home of The Beatles, the fashion industry, drugs and night clubs. In London, they confront sex, destiny, love, failure and success. It is 1966 and Catherine Macaleese (Jacqueline McKenzie) is counting the days till she meets her father, a distant childhood memory, and starts a new life with him in England. Heather Randall (Rebecca Gibney) is Catherine's cousin and closest friend who puts her marriage plans on hold to travel on the Oriana. Richard Turner (John Polson), an aspiring journalist, decides to try his luck on Fleet Street, and promises his fiancée, Sandy, that he will return in a few months. Jack Gill (Jeremy Sims), heading along a path of self-destruction, embarks on the journey at the last minute. On board, Jack disappears with the group's money and the trio arrive penniless. The only contact they have is a friend of Jack's, the mysterious Terence Foster-Burrows (Jonathan Firth). He shows little surprise for their predicament and offers them rooms in the Palace.
Cast: Jacqueline McKenzie, John Polson, Rebecca Gibney, Jeremy Sims, Jonathan Firth, Jerome Ehlers, Josephine Byrnes, Alison Whyte
The Last of the Ryans
Year: Wednesday, April 23, 1997 (Nine)
In February 1967, Ronald Ryan was hanged for the murder of Prison Warder George Hodson, shot while Ryan was attempting to escape from Pentridge Prison. The jury found Ryan guilty after a controversial trial, despite Philip Opas QC passionately arguing his clients innocence. The mandatory penalty for murder was death, but since the previous 35 death penalties had been routinely commuted, no one believed Ryan would hang. The Premier, Henry Bolte, saw the case as a contest of wills and brushed aside all appeals and petitions, including one signed by seven of the jurors who sat on the Ryan case. Based on meticulous research, The Last Of The Ryans tells the true story of Ronald Ryan - about his wife Dorothy, and their three young daughters; his friendship with Prison Governor Ian Grindlay, the man who had to hang him; and his conversion by Father Brosnan who so convinced Ryan that redemption was real that Ryan went to the gallows in expectation. (95 min)
Cast: Richard Roxburgh (Ronald Ryan), Zoe Bertram (Dorothy Ryan), Tom Long (Peter Walker), Paul Sonkkila (Governor Grindley), Tony Barry (Father Brosnan), Ian Mune (Henry Bolte), Douglas Hedge (Philip Opas), Julie Herbert (Celia Ryan)
Dramatization of Herman Melville's classic novel about a New Bedord ship captain obsessed with killing a great albino sperm whale that sinks ships and kills men.
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Henry Thomas, Gregory Peck, Ted Levine, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Bruce Spence, Bill Hunter, Dominic Purcell
One Way Ticket
Deborah Carter (Rachel Blakely) a married prison officer, is seduced by convicted criminal Mick Webb (Peter Phelps), and persuaded to help him, and his friend Bertie Freeman, to escape. Inspired by real events in the life of prison officer Heather Parker who assisted in the escape of Peter Gibb and Archie Butterly. (120 min)
Cast: Rachel Blakely, Peter Phelps, Chris Haywood, Jane Hall, Joseph Spano, Russell Fletcher, Doug Bowles, Frank Gallacher, Terry Gill, Dennis Miller, Richard Moir
Sixteen years after returning home, three disillusioned Australian Vietnam conscripts use their army skills to plan and execute the country's biggest bank robbery. And they get away with it. Seven years pass and a petty criminal convicted as the driver in the heist is released from gaol. When his body is fished out of the harbour the grim murder reignites the case. (93 min)
Cast: Peter Phelps, John Stanton, Steve Jacobs, Sonia Todd, Clodagh Crowe, Daniel Rigney, David Franklin, Georgie Parker, Peter Fisher, Shane Withington, Mouche Phillips, Pat Bishop
Simone de Beauvoir's Babies
After a twenty year school reunion, a group of partnerless women decide to re-evoke the solidarity of their teenage years and make a pack to procreate—en masse. Not everyone gets a baby but everyone wins a prize. For some it's creative commitment for others it's true love. (4 x 60 min)
Cast: Sonia Todd (Karla), Anne Looby (Louise), Sally Cooper (Sue), Leverne McDonnell (Dianne), Phillip Gordon (Spud), David Wenham (Ian), Philip Holder (Charles), Jacek Koman (Ryko)
It was an ordinary day when successful film producer, Megan Turner, and her director husband, David, were flagged down by a goodlooking highway patrol officer who seemed friendly. WITHOUT WARNING is the story of sexual pursuit and intimidation that almost destroys the Turner's marriage and, in the end, leads to violence and murder. (93 min)
Cast: Steve Bastoni, Arky Whitely, Kym Wilson
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