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Tony Morphett Tony Morphett i(A29543 works by) (a.k.a. Tony David Morphett)
Born: Established: 1938 Rosehill, Parramatta area, Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Tony Morphett worked as an interviewer and reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Daily Telegraph, before turning to freelance writing. His first two novels Mayor's Nest (1964) and Fitzgerald (1965) were followed by a short story, Objector (1966) and the novel Dynasty (1967), both of which were soon afterwards adapted for television by the ABC. Morphett also published another novel in the 1960s, Thorskald (1969). Among his short stories from this period was 'Litterbug,' first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Although he has written for both radio and television, he is best known as one of Australia's most prolific television scriptwriters, having worked on more than fifty series during a career spanning more than four decades. During that time he has been nominated for and won numerous industry accolades including AWGIE awards, Penguin, Australian Film Institute (AFI), Logie and RomCom awards. Morphett won his first AWGIE for Best Television Script in 1971 with Cry Me a River. He most recently shortlisted for the 2010 RomCom Script Competition with Return Engagement.

Morphett began to establish his credentials as a television scriptwriter through such series as Delta (1969-70), Dynasty (1969-71), The Link Men (1970), The Long Arm (1970), Catwalk (1971-72), and Boney (1972-73). He also created the highly popular ABC soap Certain Women (1973-77). Other high-profile shows from the 1970s that he wrote for include The Evil Touch (1973), The Seven Ages of Man (1975), The Sullivans (1976), Glenview High (1977), Case for the Defence (1978), Chopper Squad (1978), Against the Wind (1978), The John Sullivan Story (1979), Skyways (1979), and Patrol Boat (1979). Morphett also co-wrote The Last Wave (1977) with Peter Weir and Petru Popescu.

The 1980s saw Morphett engaged to write episodes for two of Australia's most popular television series, A County Practice (1982-83) and The Flying Doctors (1986-88), including the 1985 mini-series. That decade also saw him co-write the film/television adaptations of Robbery Under Arms (1985) with Graeme Koetsveld and the feature film The Shiralee (1987). The mini-series he wrote include My Brother Tom (1987), The Dirtwater Dynasty (1987) and Bangkok Hilton (1989). Morphett also wrote the script for Michael Willesee's 1987 documentary on Lola Montez.

Morphett scripts during the 1990s included such series as G.P. (1991-92), Skytrackers (1994), Heartbreak High (1994-97), Blue Heelers (1994-2006), Mirror Mirror (1995) and Water Rats (1996-2001). He was also engaged to write the mini-series Tracks of Glory (1992), Kings in Grass Castles (1998) and the teleplay Don't Look Behind You (1999). Morphett's association with the long-running Blue Heelers series saw him write more than 500 episodes. Since 2000 he has written for Above the Law (2000), Young Lions (2002), MDA (2002), Rain Shadow (2007), Sea Patrol (2007-09) and Packed to the Rafters (2009-10).

In addition to his television career Morphett has written several stage plays and a collection of addresses about his Christian faith titled A Hole in My Ceiling (1985). His six published novels includes two for young adults -the science fiction inspired Quest Beyond Time (1985), which was published and adapted for television as part of the Winners anthology series; and The Distant Home , which was first published in 1993.

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Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon Serangoon Road ( dir. Tony Tilse et. al. )agent 2013 Australia Singapore : Great Western Entertainment , 2013 Z1912315 2013 series - publisher film/TV detective

'1964-65. Singapore is a city at a crossroads. Political and racial tensions are at fever pitch as the British pull out, and a new nation is about to be born. The lights of Bugis Street have never burned so bright: bootleg copies of Motown songs boom out from street stalls; the Rolling Stones are in town along with tourists and American sailors fresh from Vietnam. They join British and Australian soldiers checking out the prostitutes and gambling dens en route to their own war in Borneo.

This is the city of Sam Callaghan, Patricia Cheng, the CIA’s Conrad Harrison and the clients of the Cheng Detective Agency. The agency’s cases range from the usual (straying spouses and petty fraudsters) to events with international implications and complications. Sam’s contacts from his military days are useful - but they start to drag him back into a dark world that he would prefer to leave behind.'

Source: 'About [Serangoon Road]' http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/serangoon-road/ (Sighted 06/12/2013)

2013 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series
2013 inaugural winner Australian Arts in Asia Awards Digital and Film
form y separately published work icon A Place to Call Home ( dir. Roger Hodgman et. al. )agent 2013 Australia : Channel 7 , 2012- Z1904429 2013 series - 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/ )
2018 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2017 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2015 shortlisted Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2015 nominated Logie Awards Best Drama
2014 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
form y separately published work icon Return Engagement 2010 (Manuscript version)x402119 Z1691670 2010 single work film/TV humour
2010 shortlisted RomCom Script Competition
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