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Issue Details: First known date: 1969... 1969 La Truffa
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The script held in the Crawford Collection in the AFI Research Collection contains the following character notes (excluding regular characters):

'JAMIE VICKERS. Aged 19, sensitive, likeable, 'going through a phase'. An art student at the Tech. Drives a car.

'TINA NARETTI. 25-26. An attractive Australian girl, married to an Italian. Also doing an Arts course, which is where she met Jamie. A certain sadness about her. She knows her affair with Jamie is ill-fated and can't last, but because of her unhappy marriage, she tries to enjoy it while it does.

'DOMINIC COMISPARI. 45ish. An irrepressible, effervescent, likeable Italian.

'LUCIA. 40-45, Dominic's wife. Large with a large heart.

'ALBERTO. 35-40. Rather simple but good-natured Italian.

'MR GINOTTO 25-35. Italian tram conductor. Likeable, co-operative.

'MR ROMBERG 50-60. Manages the small store next to Naretti's office. Helps Banner in his investigation. Rather precise, dignified person.

'MRS HARRIS. 60-70. A pensioner. Very lively, observant.

'JOHNSON. 30ish, Small time crim. Figures in a car chase and has brief scene with Dwyer. Unintelligent, rough. Should drive well.

'CONSTABLE GREY. 25-30. Has two scenes with Dwyer as his assistant in the Divvy van, which he drives. Half a dozen lines, no emotion.

'PETER NARETTI. Late thirties to forty. Italian. Arrogant, used to manipulating people, including his wife. Ruthless and competent.

'ELLEN VICKERS. Vickers' wife.

'BERGMAN. 45ish. A Private Enquiry Agent. Not a bad bloke, used to the sordid side of life (divorce evidence etc). Looks rather weary, but has a little warmth left.'


  • This entry has been compiled from archival research in the Crawford Collection (AFI Research Collection), undertaken by Dr Catriona Mills under the auspices of the 2012 AFI Research Collection (AFIRC) Research Fellowship.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1969 .
      person or book cover
      Script cover page (Crawford Collection at the AFI Research Collection)
      Extent: 83p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • The script is labelled 'Episode N9' on the cover page. A notation in the top right-hand corner of the script indicates that this copy of the script was designated for 'Sue'.
      • There are no annotations on the script.
      • Stapleton seems to have been aware that his script risked running over length: a note on the final page reads, 'NOTE: EXCESS TIME CAN BE LOST BY SPEEDING UP ACTION RATHER THAN CUTTING DIALOGUE'.
      • The final page includes a list of crew credits:
        Written by Terry Stapleton.
        Edited by Dorothy Crawford.
        Typed by Shirley Ballard, Hilary Burgess, Christine Rook.
        Checked by Christine Rook, Hilary Burgess, Shirley Ballard.
        Duplicated by [left blank].
        There is a space after this for 'Producer's Remarks', but it has been left blank.


      Held at: AFI Research Collection
      Local Id: SC DIV : 47
Last amended 17 Apr 2013 15:41:28