Born: Established: 1952 ;
Film and television director, and occasional script-writer.
Pino Amenta began his career as a television director in the mid to late-1970s, through shows such as Chopper Squad (1978). In the 1980s, he worked on such television series as Young Ramsay (1980), Bellamy (1981), Taurus Rising, Sons and Daughters, and The Flying Doctors. Amenta also directed several mini-series during this decade, including All the Rivers Run (1983), The Flying Doctors (1983), Anzacs (1985), My Brother Tom (1986), and Sword of Honour (1986).
During the 1990s, Amenta directed episodes of programs including Banjo Paterson's 'The Man From Snowy River' (aka Snowy River: The McGregor Saga, 1996), Good Guys, Bad Guys (1997), Blue Heelers (1998-99), Farscape (1999-2002), Crash Zone (1999), and Chuck Finn (1999).
Since 2000, Amenta has directed episodes for Round the Twist (2000), Flat Chat (2001), Guinevere Jones (2002), Marshall Law (2002), Noah and Saskia (2004), Silversun (2004), Last Man Standing (2005), All Saints (2005-2009), City Homicide (2007-2010), and Packed to the Rafters (2008-present).
Amenta's brief foray into script-writing was restricted to the 1990s, beginning with scripts for the sit-com Acropolis Now (1989-1991). In the mid-1990s, he also co-created three sit-coms: All Together Now (1991-1993), created with Philip Dalkin and John Powditch; The Bob Morrison Show (1994), created with Dalkin, Alan Hardy, and Jon Stephens; and Us and Them (1995), created with Dalkin, Hardy, and Powditch. His sole non-sit-com scripts were for the Australian Children's Television Foundation program Crash Zone in 1999.
'The series looks at the lives of four best friends bound together by their shared experience of being 'the losers' in high school. Now ten years later the women are about to become winners, but at what cost?'
Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 2/12/2013)
Mortified follows the trevails of eleven-year-old Taylor Fry, as she copes with the general embarrassment of having parents, as well as being annoyed by her sister, jealous of her neighbour, and completely oblivious to her best friend's crush on her. The program inserts some fantasy elements into the otherwise straight comedy-drama by having Taylor speak directly to the camera, using elaborate fantasy sequences to explore her daydreams, and showing her over-active imagination as bringing seemingly inanimate objects to life.
Mortified was the last major work of television producer and screenwriter Angela Webber before her early death in 2007.
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.
Saskia (living in Australia) has on online friendship with Noah (living in the UK). Each 'deceives' the other with their online personas, Indy (for Saskia) and Max Hammer (for Noah): Indy and Max allow Saskia and Noah to be the people they hope to be, without any of their own anxieties and uncertainties. Despite this element of deceit, the friendship between the two is presented as genuine and strong. The program received much praise when it first aired for offering a counter-argument to the anxiety that often marks debates about online friendships.
According to Patricia Edgar's account of the creation of this program,
To take such an abstract philosophical concept and create involving stories with appealing characters was a difficult task for any writer. Elaine and I needed smart observers of people and situations who understood the world Noah and Saskia inhabit, who had a flair for sharp, witty dialogue for a modern, pacy story. With the different components in the United Kingdom, Australia and cyberspace, it could be structurally confusing. Chris Anastassiades, who had written the Yolngu Boy script and worked for several other ACTF projects, was the answer, along with Sam Carroll, a young woman who had not yet been spoiled by the demands of writing formulaic drama. She brought her youth and vitality to Saskia; Chris would write Noah.
(Source: Patricia Edgar, Bloodbath: A Memoir of Australian Television, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2006, p.401.)
'Interview with Paul Nichola'. The Making of Noah and Saskia. ABC.(http://www.abc.net.au/rollercoaster/noahandsaskia/behind_the_scenes/making_of/paul_interview.htm). (Sighted: 12/9/2012).
'Interview with Pino Amenta'. The Making of Noah and Saskia. ABC. (http://www.abc.net.au/rollercoaster/noahandsaskia/behind_the_scenes/making_of/pino_interview.htm). (Sighted: 12/9/2012).
A rocker whose glory days were twenty years earlier in the 1970s unexpectedly finds that he has twin children when their mother dies in a plane crash and they and their carer move in with him.