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Alternative title: The Snowy Mountain File : Section One
Note: Jones is attributed authorship of this episode on the strength of the initials 'I.J.' next to the episode title on the cover page.
Issue Details: First known date: 1967... 1967 The Snowy Mountain File
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This is the script for the first of of the two episodes of Hunter collectively called 'The Snowy Mountain File'. The Crawford Collection does not hold the script for the second episode.

The script held in the Crawford Collection has neither synopsis nor character notes.


  • 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: see The Writer in Australian Television History.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Note: Storey indicates that Jones was credited as film director.
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Crawford Productions ; Nine Network , 1967 .
      Extent: 50 min.p.
      Series: form y separately published work icon Hunter Ian Jones , Terry Stapleton , Douglas Tainsh , Howard Griffiths , Glyn Davies , David William Boutland , Melbourne : Crawford Productions Nine Network , 1967 Z1814649 1967 series - publisher film/TV thriller

      Australia's first spy show, made at a time when overseas television networks were investing heavily in counter-espionage programs.

      The titular character was John Hunter, a secret agent with SCU3 (Special Clandestine Unit 3), a division of COSMIC (Commonwealth Offices for Security and Military Intelligence Co-ordination). Operating under the front of Independent Surveys, COSMIC was headed by Charles Blake. Hunter was assisted by female agent Eve Halliday.

      The enemy organisation, CUCW (Council for Unification of the Communist World) was headed in Australia by Mr Smith, whose chief agent was the complicated idealist Kragg. Kragg ultimately defected to the West (and to COSMIC) after a period of disillusionment with CUCW.

      Late in the show's run, John Hunter met an untimely death in front of a firing squad in an Iron Curtain country. He was replaced by a new agent, Gil Martin, but the show only continued for another eight episodes, as Ian Jones preferred to concentrate on his new vehicle for Gerard Kennedy, Division 4.

      According to Moran, in his Guide to Australian TV Series, 'Coming as it did towards the end of the Cold War and indeed the whole breakdown of the hegemony of Australian society, Hunter was an uneasy combination of boys'-own spy adventures, owing something to the popularity of James Bond novels, and the more cynical and seedy variation of the genre associated with writers such as Len Deighton and John Le Carre'. Don Storey, however, writes on Classic Australian Television that it was 'a bold, sophisticated and ambitious venture into slick, professional local drama', the sophistication no doubt aided by the per-episode budget of $20,000 (compared to Homicide's per-episode budget of $7000).

      Number in series: 20
      1967 .
      person or book cover
      Script cover page (Crawford Collection at the AFI Research Collection)
      Extent: 50p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • The script is printed on pink paper and dated '4.9.1967' on the cover page. Page 38 has been attached out of order at the end of the script.
      • The script contains neither character notes nor crew information.
      • A notation in blue ink in the top right-hand corner of the cover page indicates that this is copy number 66, but no indication is given of to whom this copy of the script is designated. 'The Snowy Mt File Part 1' has been written on the cover page in lead pencil, but there is no way of determining how recent that annotation is. An indeterminate scribble in black ink (possibly initials) appears in the bottom left-hand corner of the cover page.
      • There are no further signs of annotations on this copy of the script.


      Held at: AFI Research Collection
      Local Id: SC HUN : 21
Last amended 30 May 2013 15:50:09
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