Born: Established: 1962 ;
Script-writer and dramatist.
Elizabeth Coleman wrote her first television scripts for The Flying Doctors in 1986. She followed this two years later with her first, single-act play, Sometimes I Wish I Was Jana Wendt, which she wrote while attending the NIDA Playwrights Studio in 1988. Her first full-length play was It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To). It debuted at La Mama as part of the 1993 Melbourne Comedy Festival and toured nationally in 1995. In 1999 it was produced off Broadway, with F. Murray Abraham.
In the interim, Coleman was continuing to write scripts for television programs. Her television work in the late 1980s and early 1990s included work on at least eleven episodes of Home and Away (1989); work for the Australian Children's Television Foundation's series Lift Off (1992); episodes of the sit-coms Acropolis Now (1992), All Together Now (1991-1993), and Newlyweds (1993-1994); and scripts for medical drama GP (1993).
In 1995, Coleman was one of the Australian script-writers who worked on Americna production Flipper: filmed in Australia, the program drew heavily on Australian cast and crew, and soon had few active American crew members. Between 1995 and 2000, Coleman worked on police procedural Police Rescue (1995), spoof soap opera Shark Bay (1996), crime drama Good Guys, Bad Guys (1997), teen drama Heartbreak High (1997-1998), and pioneering drama SeaChange (1998). She also co-wrote, with Matt Ford, the comedic romance Diana & Me (1997).
She was also continuing to write playscripts, including the highly successful Secret Bridesmaids' Business, which followed a highly successful Melbourne tour with a 2002 television adaptation (directed by Lynn-Maree Danzey for ABC Television).
Since 2000, Coleman has concentrated largely on television, with scripts for Something in the Air (2000), Always Greener (2001), The Secret Life of Us (2001-2002), Blue Heelers (2005), All Saints (2005), McLeod's Daughters (2005-2006), Whatever Happened to That Guy? (2009), and Bed of Roses (2008-2011).
'Based on the novels of Australian author Kerry Greenwood. Our lady sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit. Leaving a trail of admirers in her wake, our thoroughly modern heroine makes sure she enjoys every moment of her lucky life.'
Source: Inside Film and Television website
'About a group of 20-somethings living in the urban environs of St Kilda. They have yet to make it, but know it's just a matter of time.'
Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 28/11/2013)
One of Australia's highest rating dramas, All Saints is a Logie Award-winning Australian medical drama set in the fictional All Saints Western General Hospital in suburban Sydney. The stories originally focused on the nursing staff of Ward 17 run by Nursing Unit Manager Terri Sullivan. It was sometimes referred to as the 'garbage ward' because it took the overflow of patients.
In 2004 Network Seven producers overhauled the series in an effort to increase the show's gradually dwindling audience. They achieved this by closing down Ward 17 and transferring some of the staff to the Emergency Department managed by Frank Campion. Several other new lead characters were also introduced. The changes also saw the storylines begin to focus more on the lives of the doctors and nurses.
Another significant change to the series came in early 2009 when the producers introduced the Medical Response Unit. Central to this development was the helicopter which took doctors to rescue situations outside the hopsital and which in turn brought patients to the All Saints Emergency Department. The show's name was also changed at this time to All Saints: Medical Response Unit. The increased production costs created by having scenes shot on location played a part, however, in the series being cancelled mid-year. The series ended with the Emergency Department and Medical Response Unit teams having a dinner to farewell the last remaining original character, Von Ryan on her final day at All Saints.
All Saints was popular in many countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium and Iran.