Kris Mrksa has been working as a script-writer since 2001. His first script was the short film Sparky D Comes to Town (2001), the story of a son of an emigrant family, his Australian girlfriend, and his clashes with his parents' generation. Written in both English and Serbian, it was filmed in Melbourne and directed by Maciek Wszelaki. The work won Mrksa a 2001 AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film (as well as winning Wszelaki numerous awards for his direction).
His most recent work has been for the series Devil's Dust (2012), which recounts the corporate scandal behind James Hardie and asbestos risks.
He was also script editor for both series of Wilfred.
Among Mrksa's awards are two AFI Awards (for Sparky D Comes to Town and for his script 'The Brotherhood' for Underbelly) and three AWGIE Awards (with his co-writers for The Slap, with his co-writers for Underbelly, and with his co-writers for East West 101), as well as an AWGIE nomination (with his co-writer for The King.)
Janet King is an Australian television drama series which first aired on ABC1 in 2014. It was created as a spin-off from the 2011 legal drama Crownies.
'An 8-hour legal/political thriller that is a spin-off of Crownies featuring Marta Dusseldorp reprising her role of Crown Prosecutor Janet King. The series will look at the dilemmas of a contemporary woman who returns to work after a year's maternity leave and is flung into a shocking prosecution that involves layers of intrigue played out at the highest levels of power. Janet King's case leads her through some astounding twists and revelations that impact on her life on every level.'
Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 7/4/2014)
With gun crime in the suburbs causing great concern, the state government establishes a Royal Commission to look into the problem following the death of Todd Wilson and appoints Janet King to head it. Give the power to become investigators, King and her team are allowed to raid premises, interrogate persons of interest and have police seconded to them. King believes that solving Wilson's murder might uncover what's fuelling the violence.
Janet confronts a hornet’s nest of illegal gambling, organised crime and money laundering while tracking the tragic death of a young sports star. What begins as a spot betting investigation soon unmasks elite professional sportsmen and women and their connection to the shadowy underbelly of performance enhancing drugs, match fixing, kickbacks and, ultimately, murder.
'The Time of Our Lives follows the lives of the Tivolli clan, a typical extended Australian family, set in a moody inner city Melbourne.
'In their thirties and forties, contemporary life is filled with kids, career advancement, home ownership and the variations of love: settling in with the one you love; still trying to find the one you love; getting away from the one you used to love.' (Source: ABC TV website)