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Issue Details: First known date: 1973... 1973 A Song for Julie
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'When English rock star Johnny "Cyclone" Wyatt comes to Melbourne, his first concert is sabotaged. Because Ryan was unable to prevent it due to circumstances beyond his control, Wyatt's manager blames him for the resultant fiasco.

'Ryan embarks on an investigation of the people and motive for the sabotage, while Julie King - his secretary - becomes involved with Johnny. They enjoy two days of bliss together. Then Julie learns of a tragic truth about the singer.'

Source: Synopsis held in the Crawford Collection in the AFI Research Collection (RMIT).

The script held in the Crawford Collection in the AFI Research Collection contains the following character notes (excluding regular characters):

'JOHNNY WYATT: (23) Johnny is an English rock & roll superstar on tour in Australia. Sheltered from the "outside world" by his clever manager, he is often boyish in his behaviour, but is also sensitive, with a capacity for love and warmth. Physically he must be very attractive, and on-stage he should move like a professional.

'SNAKE: (35) Johnny's road manager. In his own words, he "made Johnny Wyatt", and he doesn't want anyone to forget that he's the man behind the man. Physically, he should be thin, gangling, and somewhat unattractive; he has attempted to look "with it" by allowing his greasy hair to grow to shoulder length.

'JONES: (50's) He manages the hall where Johnny is appearing. He has entered into some vague agreement with Leach, whereby they split costs and responsibilities for the tour. He is a straight forward, down-to-earth businessman. He is also the man who hires Ryan.

'LEACH: A well-dressed entrepreneur who sponsored Johnny's Australian tour. Probably through poor financial management, Leach has landed himself in heavy financial strife, and it looks as if his share of the profits aren't going to cover his overhead. This makes him a desperate man.

'MUNGO: (20's) Scruffy, long-haired stagehand who works in the concert hall where Johnny is appearing.

'YOGHURT: Like Mungo.

'MAN 1: At first we take him for a thug, but he later turns out to be a narcotics agent.

'MAN 2: Like Man 1.

'SAM: Friend of Ryan's who runs a recording studio and knows the music world.

'GUARD: Security guard at large city hotel.

'DATE: Julie's date for an evening.

'REPORTERS: Four if possible - all with small speaking parts.

'TWO POLICEMEN: Uniformed.

'CHEMIST: Very small part. No lines.'


  • 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

      1973 .
      person or book cover
      Script cover page (from the Crawford Collection at the AFI Research Collection)
      Extent: 65p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • The script is copied on green paper and labelled 'Code: C2W' on the cover page. A notation in blue ink in the upper right-hand corner of the cover page indicates that this is copy number 26 of the script and that it was designated for 'M&L'.
      • There are no further signs of annotation on this copy of the script.
      • According to the ancillary material held in the Crawford Collection, this was originally intended to air as episode 29. The later airing perhaps reflects the change in lead actor: the part was originally written for John Farnham, but he proved unable to work around existing concernt commitments, despite a planned delay in production. John Diedrich was cast instead.
      • The file also includes the following ancillary material, access to which is restricted:
        1. Casting call sheets
        2. Brief synopsis accompanied by cast and crew details.


      Held at: AFI Research Collection
      Local Id: RYA SC : 32
Last amended 28 May 2013 08:43:49
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