Deborah Parsons graduated from the Swinburne Film and TV School in Melbourne. She began work as a script-writer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the mid-1980s on comedy series The Gillies Republic (1986) and The Gerry Connolly Show (1988). She followed these with her first film script, the musical thriller In Too Deep (1990), which was the directorial debut of both Colin South and John Tatoulis.
Parsons wrote widely throughout the 1990s. She scripted episodes of children's adventure series Adventures on Kythera (1991) and American-produced but Australian-made remake Flipper (1995), but most of her work was for adult dramas, with a particular focus on crime dramas: she wrote for Phoenix (1993), G.P. (1993-1994), Janus (1994-1995), Mercury(1996), Police Rescue (1996), Good Guys Bad Guys (1997), State Coroner (1997), and Murder Call (1998-2000), as well as scripting the post-apocalyptic film Zone 39 (1996), which reunited her with director John Tatoulis.
Since 2000, Parsons has continued this pattern of focusing on adult (largely crime) dramas with occasional scripts for children's television. She has written for Water Rats (2000-2001), McLeod's Daughters (2001), Marshall Law (2002), Young Lions (2002), White Collar Blue (2003), MDA(2003), Blue Heelers (1999-2005), Headland (2005-2006), Home and Away (2008), Out of the Blue (2008), K9 (2009), Dance Academy (2010), and Bed of Roses (2010).
A Place to Call Home2013series - publisher film/TV 'Set in rural Australia in the 1950s, A Place to Call Home is a sweeping drama of one woman's journey to heal her soul and of a privileged family's confrontation with a changing era. A romantic saga based in the fictional town of Inverness - home to the Bligh family estate Ash Park - with a landscape as vast and dramatic as the people who live there.' (Source: http://www.throng.com.au/2012/07/new-seven-show-a-place-to-call-home/ )
A co-Australian and German television series, Dance Academy revolves around Tara Webster, a young woman who has grown up on property in outback Australia all the while dreaming of becoming a dancer. When she makes it into the National Academy of Dance, Tara realises that her life is about to change forever. As the series progresses, she also comes to realise that she is not alone in this journey.
'The detectives of the Kingsway Major Crime Squad fight to preserve their Pacific Paradise. Crime knows no boundaries—from the Miami-like streets of Sylvania Waters, all dark glass and pontoons, to the towering cranes on the Container Wharves of Botany Bay, bordered by the white beaches and blue water between Monterey and Hungry Point. This is our world. It's tough. It's beautiful. Dangerous. A contradiction.'
Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 12/6/2013)
2004nominatedAFI AwardsAustralian Film Institute Awards—Best Television Drama Series