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John Misto John Misto i(A8883 works by) (a.k.a. John Joseph Misto)
Born: Established: 1952 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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After graduating with an Arts/Law degree at the University of New South Wales, John Misto initially worked as a solicitor with the New South Wales Privacy Committee. He began his career as a full-time writer in 1981 and has since produced numerous award-winning scripts for both television and stage; his output as a playwright includes The Shoe-Horn Sonata (1996) and 'Harp on the Willow' (2002).

Misto's career has also seen him establish his reputation as a television scriptwriter. Among his credits are a number of mini-series and telemovies, including Palace of Dreams (1985), The Last Frontier (1986), The Dirtwater Dynasty (1988), The Fremantle Conspiracy (1988), Butterfly Island (1993: a film sequel to the television series Butterfly Island), Finding Hope (2001), The Day of the Roses (2001), Heroes' Mountain: The Rescue of Stuart Diver (2002), Second Chance (2005), and Sisters of War (2010), as well as Peter and Pompey, a telemovie that formed part of the Australian Children's Television Foundation anthology series Touch the Sun and was later published as a novel for young adults.

His scripts for serial television include work on Waterloo Station (1983), The Young Doctors (1983), Dancing Daze (1986), Dusty (1988), G.P. (1989-1991), A Country Practice (1991), The Damnation of Harvey McHugh (1994), MDA (2002), White Collar Blue (2003), The Cut (2009), and Tricky Business (2012).

Misto's first novel intended for an adult readership, The Devil's Companions, was published in 2005.

In 2010, Misto won the Television Script - QUT Creative Industries Award in the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards for his World War II documentary Sisters of War.

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form y separately published work icon Sisters of War ( dir. Brendan Maher ) Melbourne : Pericles Films ABC Television , 2010 Z1740288 2010 single work film/TV historical fiction

'Sisters of War is a tale of strength, survival and forgiveness. It is inspired by the remarkable true story of two extraordinary Australian women, Lorna Whyte (Sarah Snook), an army nurse and Sister Berenice Twohill (Claire van der Boom), a Catholic nun from New South Wales. Although they were two very different women, their friendship would survive the incredible events of World War II.

'In January 1942, the Japanese war machine thundered across South East Asia. In its path lay a tiny Catholic mission station Vunapope, on the island of New Britain. Here a handful of Australian nurses, led by Matron Kay Parker (Susie Porter) took refuge along with a number of wounded Australian soldiers. Abandoned by their commanding officers, they were left to face the Japanese alone.

'When the Japanese arrived at Vunapope, the nurses and their patients were saved from massacre by the mission's leader, Polish-born Bishop Leo Scharmach (Gerald Lepkowski). This astonishing man bluffed the Japanese into believing that he was a personal friend of Hitler and that the mission was Hitler's property.

'In the dark days that followed, Sister Berenice and Lorna found themselves facing starvation, beatings and torture. Their beliefs were constantly tested, as was their friendship. Sister Berenice idolised Bishop Scharmach: Lorna was convinced he was a collaborator. The tiny mission became a setting for betrayal, heroism and death. And all the normal rules of war were broken.

'After six months, Lorna and Sister Berenice were separated. The Australian nurses were sent to Yokohama as part of a prisoner exchange. But the exchange program collapsed and the nurses found themselves trapped in war-time Japan, freezing and ravaged by disease. At the same time Sister Berenice, Bishop Scharmach and the nuns were taken to a dark, uninhabited jungle valley where they would be safe from air raids.

'Sisters of War is adapted from the wartime diaries and interviews with Lorna Johnston (nee Whyte), Sister Berenice and others who survived. The story of their captivity, their friendship, their will to survive and their extraordinary courage has never been told.'

Source: ABC1 website,
Sighted: 09/11/2010

2011 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2011 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Telefeature or Mini Series
2011 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
form y separately published work icon White Collar Blue ( dir. Brendan Maher et. al. )agent 2002 Sydney : Network Ten Knapman Wyld Television , 2002-2003 6044859 2002 series - publisher film/TV crime detective

'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)

2004 nominated AFI Awards Australian Film Institute Awards Best Television Drama Series
2003 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
form y separately published work icon Heroes' Mountain ( dir. Peter Andrikidis ) Australia : TriStar Pictures , 2002 24553762 2002 single work film/TV
2003 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie
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