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Answered by Fire

David Wenham

Australia: May 28 & June 04, 2006 (ABC)
Canada: September 12 & 19, 2006 (CBC)
Produced by Beyond Simpson Le Mesurier, Muse Ent. Enterprises and Mindless Ent.
Executive Producers: Roger Simpson, Mikael Borglund Michael Prupas Barbara Samuels, Justin Bodle, Scott Meek
Producers: Roger Le Mesurier, Andy Walker
Director: Jessica Hobbs
Writers: Katherine Thomson and Barbara Samuels

Set against the tumultuous lead-up to the 1999 referendum in East Timor and its horrifying aftermath, ANSWERED BY FIRE is a very personal exploration of first-world intervention in third-world traumas. Canadian RCMP officer Zoe Brennan, Australian Federal Policeman Mark Waldman and a young East Timorese translator named Ismenio Soares are brought together by the UN's fateful effort to give the Timorese a voice in their own future. In the chaotic run-up to the vote, these initially reluctant partners become real friends. But when the UN evacuates in the post-ballot rampage, Mark and Zoe are forced to abandon Ismenio and his family to a nightmarish fate. Haunted by guilt, the two westerners each find their way back to Timor, driven to make amends to the people they tried - and failed - to protect. (2 x 90 mins)

Starring: David Wenham, Isabelle Blais, Alex Tilman, Fatima Almelda, Damien Garvey, Ron White

Blackjack (5): Dead Memory

Year: 2006
Aired: Sun, August 27, 2006 (Ten)
Produced by Jigsaw Entertainment Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: Sue Masters, Nick Murray
Producer: Nick Murray
Director: Peter Andrikidis
Writer: Tim Pye

A young woman's body is discovered in a national park. For Detective Jack Kempson's offsider Sam, details of the crime mirror the disappearance of her friend Hannah, who vanished without trace some years ago. In Kempson's pursuit of the truth Sam is forced to face the sordid secrets of her past.

Cast: Colin Friels, Marta Dusseldorp, Sophie Lee, David Field, Gary McDonald, Daniel Macpherson, Erik Thomson, Aaron Pederson, Elizabeth Friels, Yvonne Strzechowski

Blackjack (6): At the Gates

Year: 2006
Aired: September 24, 2006 (Ten)
Produced by Jigsaw Entertainment Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: Sue Masters, Nick Murray
Producer: Nick Murray
Director: Peter Andrikidis
Writer: Katherine Thompson

Detective Jack Kempson is drawn into the disturbing world of religious fanatics when the mother of a baby killed 10 years ago in a house fire comes to him for help. In looking for the truth Kempson will have to fight the system and his own conscience, only to uncover a tangled web of lies and deception. Kempson must decide if the truth should prevail over the interests of the innocent.

Cast: Colin Friels, Marta Dusseldorp, Sophie Lee, David Field, Tom Long, Rebecca Rigg, Libby Tanner, Gigi Edgley, Rhondda Findleton, Bojana Novakovic

Blackjack (7): Ghosts

Year: 2006
Aired: Sun, December 02, 2007
Produced by Jigsaw Entertainment Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: Sue Masters, Nick Murray
Producer: Nick Murray
Director: Kate Woods
Writer: Shaun Micallef

Twenty years ago a young mother was killed during an apparent kidnapping and subsequent police chase. It comes to Detective Jack Kempson's attention that dodgy police work at the time may have resulted in the wrong man doing time. Kempson runs the gauntlet of officialdom to convince the department there's value in 'unsolving' a murder, only to become a pawn in a sting operation involving drugs, stolen money and crooked cops.

Cast: Colin Friels, Marta Dusseldorp, Sophie Lee, David Field, Marcus Graham, Rhys Muldoon, Russell Dykstra, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard, Glenn Hazeldine, Todd Lasance, Simon Lyndon, Shaun Micallef, Victoria Thaine, Steve Vella


William McInnes

April 22, 2007 (ABC)
Produced by Apollo Films
Producers: Andrew Wiseman and Richard Keddie
Director: Jessica Hobbs
Screenplay: Alison Nisselle

Recounts the dramatic stand-off between Australian prime minister John Curtin and his British counterpart Winston Churchill to have Australian troops returned from Burma to protect Australia after the Japanese attacks on Darwin during World War II. It quickly becomes a monumental battle of wills with Curtin fighting both Churchill and members of his own government. Curtin's health deteriorates rapidly as he desperately seeks support. This is a raw and intimate story of a driven and inspirational leader - a man who struggles to battle his own personal demons while serving and protecting a country at war.

Starring: William McInnes as John Curtin, Noni Hazlehurst as Elsie Curtin, Geoff Morrell as Ben Chifley, Bille Brown as Robert Menzies, Dan Wyllie as Don Rodgers, William Zappa as Gen. Vernon Sturdee, Frank Gallacher as Jack Beasley, Asher Keddie as Elsie Jnr, Brian Meegan as Frederick Shedden

Endurance Island

Year: 2006
Produced by Tempo Pictures
Producers: Geoff Cox, Pascale Cox
Director: Geoff Cox
Writers: Hugh O'Brien, Helen Wentland

A mentally unbalanced man who has been voted out by his fellow competitors in a 'Survivor'-type reality show wreaks his revenge by tricking them into a reunion on a deserted island where he plans to kill them.

Cast: Paul Mercurio, Marea Lambert-Barker, Dieter Brummer, Peter Kent, Regis Broadway

The Society Murders

Mitchell, Keddie, Eadie, Parker

June 18, 2006 (Ten)
1,405,943 viewers (39% audience share)
Produced by Screentime Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: Des Monaghan, Sue Masters, Justin Bodle
Producers: Fiona Eagger & Greg Haddrick
Director: Brendan Maher
Writers: Greg Haddrick & Kylie Needham

In April 2002, wealthy Melbourne socialite Margaret Wales-King and her husband Paul King dined with family and then disappeared into thin air. Twenty-five days later, after an investigation that dominated the headlines, their bludgeoned bodies were found in a shallow bush grave. The family's grief was on full public display as speculation raged and rumours about drugs, gambling and financial strife did the rounds. Then Margaret's youngest son, Matthew, was arrested for the murders and his wife, Maritza, was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. Based on the book "The Society Murders" by Hilary Bonney.

Cast: Georgie Parker, Nicholas Eadie, Daniela Farinacci, Asher Keddie, Matthew Le Nevez, Heather Mitchell, Alex Dimitriades, Julia Blake, Terry Norris, Neil Pigot, Nicki Wendt

Stepfather of the Bride

Leon Ford, Lucy Taylor

November 12, 2006 (ABC)
Produced by Essential Viewing
Executive Producers: Scott Meek, Miranda Dear
Producers: Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne, Ian Collie
Director: Roger Hodgman
Writer: Geoffrey Atherden

Skye and Lachlan are in love and they're getting married. Their parents belong to the generation who married, divorced and married again, or who, in the case of Skye's father, married, divorced, married, divorced and married again. But Skye and Lachlan know they're not like that. They both agree that the way to demonstrate their love for each other is to make their wedding a big one. What could go wrong? Skye's grandmother being rushed to hospital doesn't help. And neither does her parents' panic about the size of the wedding. Nor her mother's doubts about her choice of husband. Her stepbrother, Jack, seems to go a little crazy, although it's hard to tell if it's just his normal craziness or whether he's going more mad than usual with jealousy. Lachlan doesn't want his absent father to come to the wedding, but it looks like they're going to need his generous offer of money.But Skye can handle all this. She's a rock. What she can't handle is when Lachlan tells her he's having doubts. The wedding has got too big, and he's considering that he might like to move back to Scotland. Skye needs another rock, someone she knows won't let her down - her stepfather - the one person who is always cool in a crisis. He would be, except that at this moment, he's struggling to hold his own marriage together. Skye's mother is leaving him. They were keeping it a secret so as not to spoil the wedding, but now that Skye's wedding is off, the truth comes out. Then Skye's stepbrother offers to step into Lachlan's wedding shoes and marry her. Then her grandmother dies.

Cast: Noni Hazelhurst, William McInnes, Alex Dimitriades, Garry McDonald, Leon Ford, Lucy Taylor, Georgie Parker, Frank Gallacher, Kate Ritchie, Lara Cox, Leslie Dayman, Zoe Houghton, Kerry Walker, Annie Byron, Ally Fowler, Rebecca Massey

Street Football

Year: 2006
An Australia/France co-production
Produced by Tele Images Kids, Flying Bark Productions
Executive Producers: Geoff Watson, Philippe Alessandri
Producer: Philippe Alessandri
Directors: Margaret Parkes, Bruno Bligoux
Writers: Peter Neale, Serge Rosenzweig

Football obsessed boarding school students get involved in a street football competition with street kids from a neighbouring town. They establish a team to compete in the street soccer world cup competition. Along the way they have to deal with the trials of adolescence, team politics and the prejudices of the local citizens who believe that street footballers are merely hooligans. (80min)

Cast: Voices of Keith Scott, Shane Withington, Sarah Aubrey, Catherine McGraffin, Lee Jones, Rachel King