In 1991, Cavanaugh formed Liberty Films with Simone North. Cavanaugh continued to write scripts for such series as Neighbours (1992) and Secrets (1993), as well as the feature film Father (1990), in which a woman must come to terms with her father's past as a war criminal.
After the second series of Fire, Liberty Films formed a co-venture company, Liberty & Beyond, with the Beyond Group: Liberty & Beyond produced, as their first venture, Medivac (1996-1998), for which Cavanaugh was both producer and supervising writer. He followed this with two scripts in 2000 and 2001: The Love of Lionel's Life (co-written with Des Power and directed by John Ruane) and Finding Hope (co-written with John Misto and Jackie McKimmie and directed by Geoffrey Nottage).
In 2001, Cavanaugh and Simone created and produced Day of the Roses, a mini-series focusing on Australia's worst train disaster. Among their awards for the series were an AFI Award (Best Mini-Series or Telefeature) and a Logie Award (Most Outstanding Telemovie/Mini-Series).
'In the heart of the Australian outback, a baby vanished into the night. A nation and the world became fascinated by the mystery, curious that the mother claimed a dingo took her baby, intrigued that perhaps she was in fact a murderer. The story that unfolded has captivated people like no other event. Lindy Chamberlain found herself swept up in a wave of overwhelming odds as she was accused of murder, found guilty and put in jail for life with hard labour.'
A daily television drama series set in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough, Neighbours chronicles the lives of the residents of Ramsay Street. The series initially revolved around three families: the Ramsays (at number 24 Ramsay Street), the Robinsons (at number 26), and the Clarkes (at number 28). The scope of the series has since broadened to include new Ramsay Street familes.
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Set in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell during World War Two, The Sullivans follows the lives of Dave and Grace Sullivan and their children John, Tom, Dave, and Kitty. However, the storylines reach beyond the immediate Sullivan family, allowing viewers to see their extended family, friends, and neighbours also struggle through everyday war-time life.
The series also featured war-action sequences involving various characters. Arguably the most dramatic moment, and the event that effectively became a turning point in the series, was the death of Grace Sullivan in a London air raid. The series finished after a seven-year run, by which point most of the original cast had left the series and the remaining characters had settled into a new life in the post-war era.