Graeme Farmer Graeme Farmer i(A2371 works by)
Born: Established: 1948
New Zealand,
Pacific Region,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1980
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Script writer and script editor.

Graeme Farmer has worked in television since at least the late 1970s, when he was script editor on New Zealand children's adventure series Children of Fire Mountain (1979). By the following year, he was working in Australia, as script editor for the second (and final) series of Young Ramsay. The following year, his first scripts for Australian television were produced for Holiday Island (1981). For the rest of the 1980s, Farmer wrote scripts for the telemovies Glass Babies (1985) and Darlings of the Gods (1989), as well as episodes of such programs as Golden Pennies (1985), Prime Time (1986), House Rules (1988), Dusty (1988), and Inside Running (1989).

In 1990, he contributed episodes to the series Skirts and The New Adventures of Black Beauty. He followed this in 1993 with three telemovies under the umbrella title The Feds: The Feds: Terror (co-written with Ian McFadyen, directed by Donald Crombie), The Feds: Deception (co-written with John Reeves, directed by George Ogilvie), and The Feds: Abduction (co-written with Vincent Moran and directed by Michael Pattinson).

In the same year in which he co-wrote The Feds telemovies, Farmer was also script-editor on sit-com Newlyweds (created by Ian McFadyen, and written by him, Farmer, and Mary-Anne Fahey).

Farmer's other work in the 1990s includes episodes of Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left (1993-1994), on which he was also script editor, the telemovie The Last of the Ryans (1997), and Australian-French co-production The Violent Earth (1998). He was also story editor for State Coroner in 1997.

Since 2000, Farmer has contributed scripts to The Saddle Club (2001-2009), for which he has written at least fifteen episodes, as well as working as story editor and script editor; Silversun (2004), for which he wrote nearly a quarter of the forty episodes, as well as working as story editor; K9 (2009); Neighbours (2009-present); and Flea-bitten! (2011) He also returned briefly to New Zealand television, with at least one episode of soap opera Shortland Street (2007).

He has also worked as an assessor for film funding bodies, and as a writing mentor.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Flea-Bitten! 2011 series - publisher film/TV children's fantasy

'A pair of unlikely friends - a dog and a flea - escape the dog pound for hair-raising and hilarious adventures in the big city and beyond. Flea-bitten! is cartoon comedy in the grand old tradition, with frantic chases, slapstick hilarity and the nuttiest cast of recurring guest characters ever assembled – colourful canines, feral felines and bizarre bugs that inhabit this animal-centric world'.

Source: Australian Children's Television Foundation. (Sighted: 26/9/2012)

2012 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Children's Television Series
Brothers in Arms 1992 single work children's fiction children's adventure 'This is an adventure story triggered by the arrival of Yukio, a very determined young Japanese boy seeking the remains of his grandfather who had been reported missing after a failed submarine mission during World War II, in a small Australian coastal village. There he is befriended by [two boys] who had been enemies. Yukio's father's intention to purchase land for tourism in the town brings out the contemporary national rivalries and racism commonly found where two cultures impinge on one another.' (Source: International Children's Digital Library)
1993 Selected International Awards White Ravens
Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left 1992 single work film/TV young adult science fiction

On the cold and inhospitable planet of Zyrgon in a galaxy light years away, X's father wins the state lottery for the 27th time in a row. Knowing he will now be severely punished, twelve-year-old X is determined to save her family from jail, and decides to buy a spaceship. The whole family then set off into space, head halfway across the galaxy, and turn left. They land on an even stranger planet: Earth.

1992 winner AWGIE Awards Children's Award Adaptation
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