John Hinde AM (1911-2006) was an Australian broadcaster and film reviewer. He worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for more than 50 years, in both television and radio.
Upon his death he bequeathed $500,000 to the Australian Writers' Guild to establish the John Hinde Award for a science fiction script for film or television. The award rewards creativity and excellence in science fiction writing.
Source: Australian Writers' Guild Sighted: 26/11/2013.
'In the middle of the beautiful harbour of Sydney, on the eve of the biggest public live music party on the city's calendar, a body is discovered ravaged by an mysterious contagion and Chief Medical Examiner JIM immediately appeals for quarantine. But the party's too important to the city's coffers and Jim's fears spiral out of control when he learns that his children ELMO and NINA are both at the event. With the help of government spook HIRSCH, Jim takes the law into his own hands and closes off all access to the event. But instead of controlling the situation, a riot erupts that throws the entire city into bedlam. With the world collapsing around him, Jim discovers that not only has his wife DENNY infiltrated the deadly pandemonium to find their children, but the virus is no accident, and the people responsible for it are the last he'd ever suspect...'
Source: Press release (http://goalpostpictures.com/media/files/press_kits/Final%20PRESS%20KIT%20-%20Panic%20At%20Rock%20Island.pdf). (Sighted: 7/6/2012)
'The Dogstar goes through a microwave radiation anomaly and ends up the size of a tennis ball. It arrives at New Earth where, by a stunning coincidence, it ends up inside the very Robog that belongs to Mark and Greta Clark. As Zeke says, 'Stranger things have happened,' though he can't think what.
'Meanwhile, a damaged Valiant crash-lands on Old Earth and the kids meet up with Ramon Ridley who is still trying to clean up the planet. This is difficult because Bob Santino has been dumping all his toxic waste on Old Earth.'
Source: Media World Pictures website, http://www.mediaworld.com.au/