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Chris Thomson Chris Thomson i(A77389 works by)
Born: Established: 1945
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New Zealand,
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Pacific Region,
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Gender: Male
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Film and television director, producer and scriptwriter Chris Thomson has directed such television mini-series as 1915 (q.v., 1982), Waterfront (q.v., 1984) and Stringer (1987). He also directed the television adaption of Patrick Whites Big Toys (q.v., 1979), the three part drama The Challenge (1986), the two-part drama series Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy (1988), and the telemovie The Rock Pool (1978),

In 1980 Thomson was co-producer of the ABC's drama Man of Letters (1984) and has directed such films as The Empty Beach (1985) and The Delinquents (1989). In 1997 Thomson was invited to be one of nine directors working on the ABC Television series 99.9 RAW FM. Among his credits as screenwriter is the 1989 thriller Jigsaw (as co-writer).

Since the 1990s Thomson has directed episodes for both US television series (filmed in Australia) and local productions - notably: The Flying Doctors (1991), Police Rescue (q.v., 1993), Time Trax (1993-1994), Flipper (1995), State Coroner (1997), and Ponderosa (2000-2001).

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form y separately published work icon A Country Practice ( dir. Igor Auzins et. al. )agent Sydney Australia : JNP Films Seven Network , 1981-1993 Z1699739 1981-1994 series - publisher film/TV

Set in a small, fictional, New South Wales country town called Wandin Valley, A Country Practice focused on the staffs of the town's medical practice and local hospital and on the families of the doctors, nurses, and patients. Many of the episodes also featured guest characters (frequently patients served by the practice) through whom various social and medical problems were explored. Although often considered a soap opera, the series was not built around an open-ended narrative; instead, the two one-hour episodes screened per week formed a self-contained narrative block, though many of the storylines were developed as sub-plots for several episodes before becoming the focus of a particular week's storyline. While the focus was on topical issues such as youth unemployment, suicide, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, and terminal illness, the program did sometimes explore culturally sensitive issues, including, for example, the Aboriginal community and their place in modern Australian society.

Among the show's principal characters were Dr Terence Elliott, local policeman Sergeant Frank Gilroy, Esme Watson, Shirley Dean Gilroy, Bob Hatfield, Vernon 'Cookie' Locke, and Matron Margaret 'Maggie' Sloan. In addition to its regularly rotating cast of characters, A Country Practice also had a cast of semi-regulars who would make appearances as the storylines permitted. Interestingly, while the series initially targeted the adult and older youth demographic, it became increasingly popular with children over the years.

1992 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1986 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1985 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1984 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
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