'These are my chicks. I love them a lot...
I will stay with them, no matter what!
'This is the story of Karana, the father emu. Karana cares for his chicks and teaches them everything they need to know to survive in the bush.' (Publication summary)
Based on A. B. (Banjo) Paterson's classic poem, The Man from Snowy River is a coming-of-age story set in the Snowy River highlands of Northern Victoria and southern NSW in about 1880. Young stockman Jim Craig has lived his first eighteen years in the mountains.The death of his father forces him to leave the family property and go to the low lands to earn enough money to get it back in operation. He finds work on the property of the wealthy Mr Harrison, but when a valuable colt runs off to join a mob of brumbies in the highlands, he is forced to get it back and hopefully clear his name. Harrison offers a reward, which brings to the hunt dozens of the best horsemen in the district (including Clancy of the Overflow). Unimpressed by Jim's undersized mountain horse, Harrison and the other stockmen suggest that he stay behind. Jim uses his knowledge of the mountains and his horse's experience to track the colt down and bring it home. He doesn't ride so much for the reward, however, as to prove his worth to Harrison's headstrong daughter Jessica.
The narrative's sub-plot sees Jim and Jessica caught in the middle of a twenty-year-old feud between Harrison and his twin brother, Spur (who was also Jim's father's best friend and Jessica's now-dead mother's former true love).
'Bun Bun and his little sister Milby are very excited. Tonight is the night of the big Gathering. The children love spending the night around the huge campfire. Bun Bun hears a mob of kangaroos hopping past. Together, he and Milby follow the kangaroos under the bright moonlight, deeper and deeper into the thick bush... far away from their family.' (Publication summary)
'The freshwater eel is an aboriginal spiritual totem. This is the story of the mother eels as told by Uncle Joe Kirk. It follows the journey of the mother eels as they travel out of their waterholes to the river and out to sea to lay their eggs.
'Freshwater eels have a special significance in Aboriginal culture as they represent 'going back to their traditional waterhole where they belong'. Uncle Joe as a young boy watched the mother eels going down the river and he saw the young eels returning.' (Publication summary)
The script held in the Crawford Collection in the AFI Research Collection contains the following character notes (excluding regular characters):
'CARL REID: About thirty. Hard, tough. He's been in trouble as long as he can remember. He knows no other way of life than committing crimes and trying to avoid the consequences. Roz is his soft spot.
'ROZ THOMPSON: Mid twenties. Though young in years, she's been around. Attractive, resourceful, tough. She's completely wrapped up in Carl and would do anything for him. Drives.
'ROCKY WALKER: About forty. One time boxer turned stand-over man. He's almost a match for Carl. Has the same creed of looking after No. 1 first. He is homosexual, but this is not obvious in his appearance or mannerisms.
'TONY GREY: Early twenties. Pleasant, good looking. He is completely out of his depth with Carl and Rocky. Before Gaol he would have led a quiet life working in an office and living at home.
'BENNETT: Thirties. Preferably tall to contrast with Smith. Affable. Easy going.
'SMITH: Thirties. Somewhat overweight. Pessimistic glutton.
'BRIAN YOUNG: Forties. Affable. Considers himself the life and soul of any party. Flying is his life.
'JILL: Twenties. Attractive country girl. Drives.
'JOE: Fifties. Amiable - but tough when confronted by Carl Reid.
'GUARD (JACK): Any age. Few lines.
'GUARD (JIM): Any age. Few lines.
'DOCTOR FOX: Any age. Few lines.
'FARMER: Middle age. No lines.
'EVANS: Forties. Slight, shifty man. Few lines.
'ANDERSON: Forties. Big, bluff, no nonsense man. Few lines.
'TAYLOR: Thirties. Preferably bigger than Evans. Few lines.
'POLICE CONSTABLE: Any age.'
Set in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda in the late 1980s, A Matter of Convenience is a bitter-sweet comedy that explores the relationship between Valma and Joe. Verging on midlife, Valma wants a baby with her partner Joe, a gentle and well-meaning writer who has had absolutely no success in sustaining himself financially with his work and is not a good prospect as a reliable father. In order to live, he takes on a 'job from hell' at a chicken factory. Desperate to do something else, he accepts a proposition from a businessman called Alphonse, whose current money-making venture is arranging 'marriages of convenience' to help new immigrants fast-track themselves to Australian citizenship. Usually, Alphonse arranges 'marriages' between immigrant women and gay Australian men. This works well because the men are not interested in 'funny business' and are prepared to take on the role of husband for a large fee. Alphonse also later arranges the divorce. In his attempt to help Valma and Joe, however, Alphonse breaks his own rule, and the situation becomes critical when Joe's 'bride' turns out to be the young and gorgeous Fadya. To further complicate matters, the authorities decide to take an interest in Alphonse. Three immigration officers each contribute their own personal version of hell to the Valma-Joe-Fadya triangle.