'When a privileged suburban teen is critically assaulted, the blame is quickly laid on a group of young men from Melbourne’s South Sudanese community – jeopardising the dreams of 18-year-old star basketballer Jacob Chagai. But the truth is never black and white.'
Source: Screen Australia.
'Up to 80 murders, 30 unsolved cases, thousands of assaults. In the 1980s and 1990s a murderous epidemic grips Sydney. The attackers are united by contempt. Their targets united by their sexual identity. All are gay. For the first time Deep Water presents the full account of the gay hate crime epidemic that bloodied Sydney’s coastline. It stirs up old cases in the hope that new evidence will rise to the surface and bring peace and justice to the loved ones left behind..'
Source: Screen Australia.
The second part of a two-part episode in which regular character Kate Ramsay is shot and killed.
'It's been 12 months since we last saw the Moody family. Maree and Kevin have put the Moody home up for sale, outraging Sean. He's refusing to leave his house and is squatting in his old room. Dan and Cora have returned home from the UK and, in an attempt to impress Cora's family, Dan invites them to Uncle Terry's Australia Day BBQ.'
Source: Australian Television Information Archive.
'The day of Bianca's wedding has arrived, Vittorio waits nervously at the alter as his stunning bride walks down the aisle towards him. They say their vows but Bianca hesitates for a moment and then tells Vittorio that she can't marry him. In front of all her friends and family she rushes back down the aisle and into the arms of her true love, Liam Murphy. In shock, Vittorio tries to drag Bianca away from Liam, but Romeo steps in and lands a punch that knocks him out cold. Bianca and Liam ride off into the sunset on his Harley Davidson. In the meantime, John and Gina save the day. Not being one to waste a good opportunity, John is prompted by Gina into telling everyone that there will still be a wedding today between himself and the beautiful Gina Austin. Colleen is quick to offer her services as Matron of Honour and Xavier happily steps in as best man. All seems to be going well until Xavier sees April's tear streaked face. She is being taken back to Europe by Joanne and has no idea if she will ever return to Summer Bay. There are more tears from Nicole when she confesses to Marilyn that she is pregnant to Penn Graham! Detective Robertson really spoils the party when he arrives with Graves to arrest Alf for Penn's murder. The residents of Summer Bay watch as Alf is taken away in handcuffs!'
Source: Home and Away homepage, www.au.tv.yahoo.com/home-and-away/ (sighted 08/11/2011)
'Uptight dentist Suzy Darling leaves her egotistical husband Steve and moves her children Elvis and Verity into a beautiful penthouse apartment to start a new life. She soon finds that the home is already occupied: by Henry, a strangely attired British man who has lost his memory. To make matters more mysterious, it soon becomes apparent that no one but Suzy can see him. Has the stress of her marriage breakdown caused Suzy to lose her mind? Or is there something more magical going on here?'
Source: 'Man Who Fell to Earth,' Australian Television Information Archive.
'The Dogstar goes through a microwave radiation anomaly and ends up the size of a tennis ball. It arrives at New Earth where, by a stunning coincidence, it ends up inside the very Robog that belongs to Mark and Greta Clark. As Zeke says, 'Stranger things have happened,' though he can't think what.
'Meanwhile, a damaged Valiant crash-lands on Old Earth and the kids meet up with Ramon Ridley who is still trying to clean up the planet. This is difficult because Bob Santino has been dumping all his toxic waste on Old Earth.'
Source: Media World Pictures website, http://www.mediaworld.com.au/
'MARKING TIME tells the story of Hal, a small town boy who has just left high school. The world is at his feet. He falls in love with Randa, an Afghani refugee, in a year of momentous change - from the optimistic time of the Sydney Olympics up until the post-September 11 world of a scared and divided nation.'
Source: Screen Australia.
A young girl goes missing within the Australian landscape and her father refuses to let an Aboriginal man, Albert, be included in the search party and utilise his 'tracking' skills. It is a decision that proves fatal. Months later, the child's mother approaches Albert to begin the tracking process that eventually leads her to her lost child.
'The Secret Life of Us traces the lives of eight twenty-somethings sharing a Melbourne apartment block who are all looking for the same thing - love, sex, romance, success and anything else that's worth going after. The problem is they haven't worked out how to get it yet so they make it up as they go along.'
Source: Australian Television Information Archive (www.australiantelevision.net). (Sighted: 02/09/2009)
'While on a backpacking holiday in Australia, 21-year-old Gemma meets and falls in love with Michael Tyler, a fugitive posing as an undercover cop. Years later it is discovered that her 6-year-old son has leukaemia and must undergo treatment using the blood of a compatible donor. Gemma travels to Australia to find Tyler who has escaped from prison and unbeknown to Gemma the police use her to track him down.'
Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 14/6/2013)
An incisive and humorous look at the problems in a two-career marriage, the story concerns Stuart, a perfectionist and male chauvinist, and his wife Barbara. When she re-enters the workforce and hires a male Scandinavian babysitter, the effects on the household are dramatic.
Professor Dorton Serry, an esteemed philosopher and lover of all women, is the type of man who likes to have complete control over his world and those in it. So how does he react when the women in his life step out of their allotted roles and challenge his prejudices and philosophies?
A ground-breaking television series, Women of the Sun was, according to Moran in his Guide to Australian TV Series, born out of co-writer Sonia Borg's desire for a more balanced televisual representation of Indigenous Australians: 'Angry at the plight of Aborigines, she was concerned that many scriptwriters could conceive of Aboriginal women only as prostitutes.' To counter this tendency, she contemplated a series that showed Australian history from the perspective of Aboriginal women, a project for which she sought the colloboration of sociologist and social worker Hyllus Maris.
Because, as Moran notes, it 'portrayed the history of Aboriginal people since the incursion of the whites, focusing on the relations between blacks and whites over the previous 200 years', Women of the Sun 'was a direct counter to the various official histories in preparation for the Bicentennial celebrations in 1988'.
Women of the Sun is divided into four parts, each of which focuses on a different woman in a different period of history.
'Alinta the Flame' (set in the 1820s) shows the interaction between the two cultures as an Indigenous Australian tribe (the Nyari) nurse back to health two English convicts whom they find washed up on the beach, only to find the new settlers increasingly encroaching on Nyari lands--a process that ends in the annihilation of the entire tribe, barring Alinta and her young daughter.
'Maydina the Shadow' (set in the 1890s) follows Maydina, abducted and abused by a group of seal-hunters, from whom she eventually escapes with her daughter Biri (who is of mixed Indigenous Australian and European heritage). Taken in by Mrs McPhee, head of a church mission, Maydina is separated from her child and sent into service for the church. When she falls in love with an Indigenous Australian man and attempts to leave with him and Biri to return to a traditional lifestyle, Mrs McPhee has them pursued by troopers, who kill Maydina's lover and remove Biri from her care.
'Nerida Anderson' (set in 1939) focuses on the Cumeroongunga Walkout, showing the deterioration in conditions on the reserve through the eyes of Nerida Anderson, raised on the reserve and returning there after a period working in the city as a book-keeper. Her attempts to foster improvement on the reserve are greeted angrily by the reserve manager, who attempts to have Nerida and her family tried for treason; ultimately, Nerida incites a successful walkout.
'Lo-Arna' (set in the 1980s) focuses on 18-year-old Ann Cutler's discovery that she is not of French Polynesian descent as she believed, but actually the biological daughter of her adoptive father and Alice Wilson, an Indigenous Australian woman from a nearby town, prompting her to reconsider her relationship with her adoptive parents and with her own identity.
Moran notes of the series as a whole that 'Although each of the four episodes of Women of the Sun is self-contained, nevertheless, taken together the episodes powerfully suggest what 200 years of white contact has done to Aboriginal society'.
A young boy living on the streets at the turn of the twentieth century decides to make something of his life. The Australian Women's Weekly describes the program as 'detailing the rise of a hunchbacked 1900s larrikin gang leader from the gutter to the respectability of owning a shoe emporium' (Wed. 24 June 1981, p.118S).
For a detailed, episode-by-episode synopsis, see Film Details.
Episode one of the adaptation of Frank Hardy's novel.
'World War II soldier Jim Lindsay tries to restore family rapport with his resentful motherless son, Kevin.'
[Television guide], The Canberra Times, 4 July 1974, p.13
A ten-part television mini-series adapted from the 1894 novel Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner (q.v.). Set in Sydney in the 1890s, the stories concern Captain Woolcot, an English widower with seven children, who has recently married again. The family lives in their large home 'Misrule,' which lies along the banks of the Parramatta River. As an officer in the New South Wales Regiment, Woolcot attempts to implement regimental discipline but is constantly harassed and embarrassed by the antics of his seven mischievous children: Meg, Pip, Judy, Nell, Bunty, Baby, and 'The General.' Since he is unable to control them, it is his new wife who invariably takes on all the trials of bringing up the children, with the most difficult child being the ring-leader Helen, commonly known as Judy.
Three middle-aged sisters are repressed by their mother, but how long can this last?
'In an inner Sydney suburb a notorious opium den continues its flagrant operation, and Chief Insp. Ted Hallam is requested by the Minister to eradicate it at all costs. When an informant is murdered, Customs Special Branch and the police move in on the den in a joint operation.'
Source: Storey, Don. Classic Australian Television. http://www.classicaustraliantv.com/contrab1.htm (Sighted 13/9/11)