David Phillips i(60 works by)
Born: Established: 1948 ;
Gender: Male
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David Phillips is a screenwriter, producer, and actor whose film and television career spanned the early to mid-1970s through until ca. 2005. Among the early series he worked on were The Young Doctors (1976), Secret Valley (1980), Sons and Daughters (1982), Special Squad (1984), and Prisoner (1984-85). After writing the mini-series The Challenge (1986) about Alan Bond's successful bid to win the America's Cup in 1983, he wrote the telemovie Shark's Paradise (1986) and then six episodes of Return to Eden (1986). Phillips also wrote the 1989 telemovie The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy and episodes for Neighbours (1986-1991) and G.P. (1989-95).

Since 1990, Phillips has written scripts for such series as A County Practice (1992-1993), Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1994), Mission Top Secret (1994-1995), Blue Heelers (1996-1997), Wildside (1998-1999), Murder Call (1997-2000), All Saints (1998-2002), Above the Law (2000), Water Rats (2000-2002), Something in the Air (2000-2002), McLeod's Daughters (2002), and White Collar Blue (2002-2003). He also wrote Sahara (ca. 1995), the story of a ragtag battalion stranded in the great African desert after the fall of Tobruk. Rick Searle's Butterfly Island (1986) is based on several of his screenplays.

In addition to his television screenplays, Phillips wrote the novel Devil's Hill, which is inspired by the novel of the same name by Nan Chauncy. He later adapted the story for an episode in the children's television anthology series Touch the Sun.

Awards for Works

Holly's Heroes 2005 series - publisher film/TV

An Australian-New Zealand co-production.

'When 14-year-old New Zealander Holly McKenzie arrives in the Australian seaside town of Woolich, her dreams of playing basketball with the RAMS, one of the best junior basketball teams in the district, are quickly shattered. Determined to prove her ability, Holly forms her own team—the OUTLAWS. With basketball as a backdrop, Holly's Heroes is a funny and light hearted exploration of being the new kid on the block, the importance of friendship, the value of teamwork, first love, and the rewards that come from participation and the simple love of sport. Holly learns that the feeling of belonging she achieves with her team is far more important than simply winning.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2006 won International Awards New Zealand Screen Awards Television - Best Children's Programme
2005 won AFI Awards Best Children's Television Drama
The Sleepover Club 2003-2007 series - publisher film/TV

'Based on the popular books by Rose Impey, this comedy-drama series features five 12-year-old girls on their quest for identity, individuality, belonging, family, friendship and how to have the most fun while trying to deny the existence of boys.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 3/12/2013)

2007 nominated AFI Awards Best Children's Television Drama
White Collar Blue 2002 series - publisher film/TV crime detective

'The detectives of the Kingsway Major Crime Squad fight to preserve their Pacific Paradise. Crime knows no boundaries—from the Miami-like streets of Sylvania Waters, all dark glass and pontoons, to the towering cranes on the Container Wharves of Botany Bay, bordered by the white beaches and blue water between Monterey and Hungry Point. This is our world. It's tough. It's beautiful. Dangerous. A contradiction.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 12/6/2013)

2004 nominated AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series
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