Deborah Parsons i(26 works by) (a.k.a. Deborah Mary Parsons)
Born: Established: 1954 ;
Gender: Female
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Script-writer.

Deborah Parsons graduated from the Swinburne Film and TV School in Melbourne. She began work as a script-writer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the mid-1980s on comedy series The Gillies Republic (1986) and The Gerry Connolly Show (1988). She followed these with her first film script, the musical thriller In Too Deep (1990), which was the directorial debut of both Colin South and John Tatoulis.

Parsons wrote widely throughout the 1990s. She scripted episodes of children's adventure series Adventures on Kythera (1991) and American-produced but Australian-made remake Flipper (1995), but most of her work was for adult dramas, with a particular focus on crime dramas: she wrote for Phoenix (1993), G.P. (1993-1994), Janus (1994-1995), Mercury (1996), Police Rescue (1996), Good Guys Bad Guys (1997), State Coroner (1997), and Murder Call (1998-2000), as well as scripting the post-apocalyptic film Zone 39 (1996), which reunited her with director John Tatoulis.

Since 2000, Parsons has continued this pattern of focusing on adult (largely crime) dramas with occasional scripts for children's television. She has written for Water Rats (2000-2001), McLeod's Daughters (2001), Marshall Law (2002), Young Lions (2002), White Collar Blue (2003), MDA (2003), Blue Heelers (1999-2005), Headland (2005-2006), Home and Away (2008), Out of the Blue (2008), K9 (2009), Dance Academy (2010), and Bed of Roses (2010).

Awards for Works

A Place to Call Home 2013 series - publisher film/TV 'Set in rural Australia in the 1950s, A Place to Call Home is a sweeping drama of one woman's journey to heal her soul and of a privileged family's confrontation with a changing era. A romantic saga based in the fictional town of Inverness - home to the Bligh family estate Ash Park - with a landscape as vast and dramatic as the people who live there.' (Source: http://www.throng.com.au/2012/07/new-seven-show-a-place-to-call-home/ )
2015 nominated Logie Awards Best Drama
2015 shortlisted Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2014 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
Dance Academy 2010 series - publisher film/TV children's

A co-Australian and German television series, Dance Academy revolves around Tara Webster, a young woman who has grown up on property in outback Australia all the while dreaming of becoming a dancer. When she makes it into the National Academy of Dance, Tara realises that her life is about to change forever. As the series progresses, she also comes to realise that she is not alone in this journey.

2014 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Children's Program
2013 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Children's Program
2013 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Children's Television Series Television Nominated for Series Three
2012 nominated International Awards The International Emmy Awards Children & Young People
2012 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Children's Television Series Nominated for series two.
2011 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Children's Program
MDA 2002-2005 series - publisher film/TV crime

'Enter the world of Medical Defence Australia, a medico-legal organisation that exists to defend doctors and where necessary compensate patients. All cases at MDA combine elements of law and medicine so each case is managed by a doctor and a lawyer who agree on how to proceed. It's a unique organisation that delves into morally complex and emotion filled relationships between doctors and patients.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive (http://www.australiantelevision.net/mda/mda.html). (Sighted: 22/2/2013)

2006 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2005 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Screenplay in Television
2005 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Television Drama Series
2004 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Television Drama Series
2003 nominated International Awards The International Emmy Awards Drama Series
2002 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Television Drama Series
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