form y Stormy Petrel : A Serial for Television series - publisher   film/TV  
Adaptation of Stormy Petrel Rex Rienits 1959 single work radio play
Issue Details: First known date: 1960 1960
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A sympathetic exploration of Governor William Bligh's time in charge of the infant colony of New South Wales, some two years after the infamous Bounty mutiny. The series focuses on his troubled relationship with the NSW Corp, and especially Captain John Macarthur.

Notes

  • The first Australian ABC television drama, Stormy Petrel was initially produced in 1959 as a series on ABC Radio, and hence the television adaptation was very much a 'radio with pictures' version. Albert Moran notes, however, that Colin Dean and Rex Rienits worked hard at opening out the radio script so that viewers could look at more than talking heads (Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, p. 435).
  • While not a formal trilogy, Stormy Petrel was the subsequently considered the first in a loose historical trilogy that included The Outcasts (also by Rex Rienits) and concluded with The Patriots (by Phlilip Grenville Mann).
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1960
    • s.l.,: s.n. , .
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • 12 episodes. Typescript.
      • This work was originally presented as a serial on ABC Radio in 1959.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H1467
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: ABC Television , 1960 .
      Extent: 12 x 30 min. episodesp.
      Description: Black and white

      Holdings

      Held at: National Archives of Australia National Archives Library
      Location: SP862/1, STORMY PETREL 34
      Note:
      ABC television production file includes scripts of episodes 4-12, rehearsal list, actor calls, and 'epilogue'.

Works about this Work

Promoting History, Culture and Literature: ABC Television and the Creative Writer Susan Lever , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Your Memento , October no. 4 2011;
'When television broadcasting began in Australia in 1956, opportunities for local dramatists were scarce. Within a few years, however, television had swamped radio drama and writers could see that their best chance to reach an audience lay in this new technology. Dr Susan Lever, recipient of the Archives' 2010 Frederick Watson Fellowship, looks at script holdings to assess the role of Australian creative writers in ABC television drama of the 1960s and 1970s.'
Source: Publisher's abstract
Promoting History, Culture and Literature: ABC Television and the Creative Writer Susan Lever , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Your Memento , October no. 4 2011;
'When television broadcasting began in Australia in 1956, opportunities for local dramatists were scarce. Within a few years, however, television had swamped radio drama and writers could see that their best chance to reach an audience lay in this new technology. Dr Susan Lever, recipient of the Archives' 2010 Frederick Watson Fellowship, looks at script holdings to assess the role of Australian creative writers in ABC television drama of the 1960s and 1970s.'
Source: Publisher's abstract
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