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Mark Greenwood (19 works by fr. 1994)

Mark Greenwood is an author and a musician with a passion for history and legends. He has lived in Freemantle with his wife, illustrator Frane Lessac.

1 Meet Mark Greenwood Mark Greenwood , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: Reading Time , June 2016;
1 Simpson and His Donkey by Mark Greenwood Anastasia Gonis , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , April 2014;

— Review of Simpson and His Donkey Mark Greenwood 2008 single work picture book
1 The Greatest Liar on Earth by Mark Greenwood Anastasia Gonis , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , May 2012;

— Review of The Greatest Liar on Earth : A 'True' Story Mark Greenwood 2012 single work picture book
1 Midnight : the Story of a Light Horse by Mark Greenwood Anastasia Gonis , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , March 2014;

— Review of Midnight : The Story of a Light Horse Mark Greenwood 2014 single work picture book
1 Meet the ANZACS by Claire Saxby & Max Berry, Midnight by Mark Greenwood & Frane Lessac, The Poppy by Andrew Plant Moira Robinson , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 22 no. 2 2014; (p. 6)

— Review of Meet the ANZACs Claire Saxby 2014 single work information book ; Midnight : The Story of a Light Horse Mark Greenwood 2014 single work picture book ; The Poppy Andrew Plant 2014 single work picture book
1 9 y Ned Kelly and the Green Sash Mark Greenwood , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2010 Z1700781 2010 single work picture book children's

'A narrative non-fiction picture book about the life of Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang, Australia's most infamous bushrangers. Backed by detailed research, the story focuses on Ned as a young man and the little known story of the green sash. The text also includes brief biographies and fact files on the Kelly Gang, the true story behind the green sash and a detailed list of sources.'

Source: Walker Books Australia, website, (sighted 21/06/2010)

1 9 y Simpson and His Donkey Mark Greenwood , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2008 Z1493538 2008 single work picture book children's An account (narrative non fiction) of the story of John Kilpatrick Simpson and how he and his donkey, Duffy, rescued over 300 men during the campaign at Gallipoli. The text includes a brief biography of the man, details of his work at Gallipoli and also the little known story of how, without realising, he rescued his childhood friend from South Shields, Billy Lowes. The text also includes fact files on Simpson and Billy Lowes, maps, and additional historical background information such as how Duffy received a VC. (Trove)
1 38 form y Mao's Last Dancer Jan Sardi , Australia : Early Mark Films , 2009 Z1433556 2009 single work film/TV A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin, who at age 11 was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.
1 37 form y Hacksaw Ridge Andrew Knight , Gregory Crosby , Robert Schenkkan , Randall Wallace , United States of America (USA) : Cross Creek Pictures Cutting Edge Group Demarest Media Icon Productions Pandemonium Permut Presentations Vendian Entertainment , 2016 9537571 2016 single work film/TV war literature

'WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.' (Production summary)

1 45 form y Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Deb Cox , Ysabelle Dean , Michael Miller , Liz Doran , Shelley Birse , Elizabeth Coleman , Kelly Lefever , Jo Martino , Chris Corbett , John Banas , Kristen Dunphy , Kris Wyld , Belinda Chayko , Byron Bay : Every Cloud Productions , 2011 Z1783698 2011 series - publisher film/TV crime

'Based on the novels of Australian author Kerry Greenwood. Our lady sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit. Leaving a trail of admirers in her wake, our thoroughly modern heroine makes sure she enjoys every moment of her lucky life.'

Source: Inside Film and Television website

1 3 y Fortuyn's Ghost Mark Greenwood , Crawley : Cygnet Books , 2007 Z1358117 2007 single work children's fiction children's

'On a three-quarter moon, a bell tolls, marking the minutes to midnight, and a rotted timber backbone slowly rises from a watery grave".

This is the story of the ship Fortuyn in the year 1724 which vanished after leaving the Cape of Good Hope, bound for Batavia. She was laden with gold ingots and bullion.

'Fortuyn's Ghost imagines that fateful voyage to its likely end on Western Australia's treacherous Ship Wreck Coast, a place well known for nautical hauntings.' (Publication summary)

1 4 y The Legend of Moondyne Joe Mark Greenwood , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Crawley : Cygnet Books , 2002 Z964037 2002 single work picture book children's
1 3 y Jandamarra Mark Greenwood , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013 Z1922259 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'He emerged from the cave of bats with the name given to him by his people. He was Jandamarra - a man of power who could appear and disappear like a ghost. Set in the Kimberley region in north-west Australia, this is the story of a young warrior born to lead. To the settlers, he was an outlaw to be hunted. To the Bunuba, he was a courageous defender of his country. Mark Greenwood's text and Terry Denton's watercolour illustrations bring to life this story of conflict and divided loyalties - giving a unique insight into an extraordinary man and a tragic but important part of Australia's frontier history.' (Publisher's blurb)
1 4 y The Greatest Liar on Earth : A 'True' Story Mark Greenwood , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2012 Z1853778 2012 single work picture book children's 'There is not a stir or a whisper when Louis de Rougemont steps onto the stage to recount his astonishing experiences. It is the most amazing story a man ever lived to tell a breathtaking tale of catastrophe and miraculous events. But critics say he is an impostor with a gift for ripping yarns. Are Louis s tales true? Or is he the greatest liar on earth? The true story of Louis de Rougemont and how his stories became truth and his truths became stories.' (Publisher's blurb)
1 4 y Midnight : The Story of a Light Horse Mark Greenwood , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2014 6802663 2014 single work picture book children's

'A foal is born at midnight, on the homestead side of the river. Coal black. Star ablaze. Moonlight in her eyes. On October 31, 1917, the 4th and 12th Regiments of the Australian Light Horse took part in one of the last great cavalry charges in history. Among the first to leap the enemy trenches was Lieutenant Guy Haydon riding his beloved mare, Midnight. This is their story.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 Breathing Life into Legends Mark Greenwood , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 22 August 2005; (p. 13)
1 y History Mysteries Mark Greenwood , Melbourne : Puffin , 2016- 10248966 2017 series - author children's fiction children's
1 y The Lost Explorer Mark Greenwood , Melbourne : Puffin , 2017 10248992 2017 single work non-fiction children's

'In 1848 the famous explorer Ludwig Leichhardt sets out on an epic journey. His aim is to cross Australia from east to west, but he never reaches his destination and no one from his expedition is ever seen again. Countless search parties set out to look for the expedition but no trace is ever found. Until a young boy is given an artefact with an incredible story . . .' (Publication summary)

1 2 y The Legend of Lasseter's Reef Mark Greenwood , Crawley : Cygnet Books , 2003 Z1075699 2003 single work children's fiction children's
1 y Diamond Jack Mark Greenwood , Melbourne : Puffin , 2017 10249038 2017 single work non-fiction children's

'In March 1942, an aircraft prepares for a desperate midnight escape, taking refugees to safety in Australia. Just before take-off, the pilot is entrusted with a mysterious, wax-sealed package.But when the plane is shot down by the enemy and crash lands on the Kimberley coast, the package is forgotten. Until someone stumbles across the find of lifetime . . .' (Publication summary)

1 3 y Murder on a Midsummer Night : A Phryne Fisher Mystery Kerry Greenwood , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2008 Z1544084 2008 single work novel crime mystery The fabulous Phryne - she of the Lulu bob, Cupid's Bow lips and a pearl-handled pistol in her garter - is back! The 1920s most elegant and irrepressible sleuth returns for her seventeenth adventure. Melbourne, 1929. The year starts off for glamorous private investigator Phryne Fisher with a rather trying heat wave and more mysteries than you could prod a parasol at. Simultaneously investigating the apparent suicide death of a man on St Kilda beach and trying to find a lost, illegimate child who could be heir to a wealthy old woman's fortune, Phryne needs all her wits about her, particularly when she has to tangle with a group of thoroughly unpleasant Bright Young Things. But Phryne Fisher is a force of nature, and takes in her elegant stride what might make others quail, including terrifying seances, ghosts, Kif smokers, the threat of human sacrifices, dubious spirit guides and maps to buried pirate treasure. (Source: LibrariesAustralia)
1 1 y Our Big Island Mark Greenwood , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Fremantle : Plantagenet Press , 1995 Z843152 1995 single work picture book children's
1 y Outback Adventure Mark Greenwood , Fremantle : Plantagenet Press , 1994 Z843155 1994 selected work poetry children's
1 1 y Drummer Boy of John John Mark Greenwood , Frane Lessac (illustrator), New York (City) : Lee and Low Books , 2012 7353750 2012 single work picture book children's

Carnival is coming, and the villagers of John John, Trinidad, are getting ready to jump up and celebrate with music, dancing, and a parade. Best of all, the Roti King has promised free rotis - tasty fried pancakes filled with chicken, herbs and spices - for the best in the parade. Publisher's blurb.

1 1 y Magic Boomerang Mark Greenwood , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Fremantle : Plantagenet Press , 1994 Z843158 1994 single work picture book children's
1 2 y Boomerang and Bat : The Story of the Real First Eleven Mark Greenwood , Terry Denton (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 9320689 2016 single work picture book children's

'The first Australian cricket team to tour England was a group of Aboriginal stockmen. This is their story.

'In 1868 a determined team of Aboriginal cricketers set off on a journey across the world to take on England's best.

'Led by star all-rounder Johnny Mullagh, and wearing caps embroidered with a boomerang and a bat, they delighted crowds with their exceptional skill.

'From the creators of Jandamarra, this is the remarkable story of the real first eleven.' (Publication summary)

1 Biscuit and Bones Mark Greenwood , Frane Lessac , 2015 single work prose
— Appears in: The Hush Treasure Book 2015; (p. 30-31)
1 3 y The Hush Treasure Book Hush Foundation (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2015 8775938 2015 anthology short story poetry lyric/song

'Welcome to the world of HUSH ... a world of magic, wonder and mystery...Created for the Hush Music Foundation, famous for its original music albums used in hospitals all around the world, this book is a treasure trove that will delight and entertain the whole family...A glorious collection of stories, poems and pictures from thirty favourite storytellers:..Nick Bland, Karen Briggs, Kevin Burgemeestre, Michael Camilleri, Jackie French, Jane Godwin, Bob Graham, Jacqui Grantford, Mark Greenwood, Ann James, Danny Katz, Fran. Lessac, Alison Lester, Chris McKimmie, Doug McLeod, Glenda Millard, Stephen Michael King, Tohby Riddle, Victoria Rohan, Judith Rossell, Paul Seden, Craig Smith, Shaun Tan, Jane Tanner, Karen Tayleur, Mitch Vane, Julie Vivas, Anna Walker, Bruce Whatley, Margaret Wild.' (Publication summary)

1 1 y A Truckie's Dream : The Allan Scott Story, His Official Biography Graham Greenwood , Kent Town : Wakefield Press , 2006 Z1351227 2006 single work biography 'Fifty years ago Allan Scott was a young man with a single truck and a dream to build a trucking empire. He became one of Australia's richest men, owning the Scott Group of Companies, and a major shareholder in K&S corporation. Allan Scott believed in saying it the way he saw it, which put him at odds with prime ministers, premiers, and the occasional football coach. A major sponsor of AFL club Port Power, he famously called for the sacking of Mark Williams. ...' (Publisher's blurb)
1 Yin and Yang Mark Irving , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 3 July 2010; (p. 10)
1 1 form y Angela's Rules Karla Hart , Karla Hart (director), Australia : 2015 8745876 2015 single work film/TV

'From childhood, Angela Rule was destined to become a pop singer. As the eldest of nine girls growing up in Perth, she stood out for her beautiful voice and songwriting talent. Her father, Kevin, was an artist and traditional dancer who inspired Angela to follow a path of creativity. However, life turned upside down for the Rule family when their father was killed in a shocking one-hit punch incident.'

'At the tender age of 17, Angela sacrificed her musical ambitions and took on the responsibility of supporting her grieving mother and eight sisters. The grief spurred Angela to express her own feelings through songwriting. Now, ten years later, she is making her mark in the pop world. Drawing deeply on the life experiences of her sisters and herself, she has created a repertoire of catchy and moving songs, which she performs in a gutsy, engaging style to big crowds around Perth. Angela's Rules is a poignant and upbeat story of resilience and courage and is a testament to the healing power...' (Source: IMDb website)

1 form y Murder Call Andrew Kelly , Sally Webb , Daniel Krige , Chris Hawkshaw , Denise Morgan , Kristen Dunphy , Shelley Birse , Ted Roberts , Cathy Strickland , David Phillips , Rick Maier , Margaret Morgan , Louise Crane , Peter Gawler , Deborah Parsons , Robyn Sinclair , Katherine Thomson , Sue Hore , Christine McCourt , Margaret Wilson , Charlie Strachan , Australia : Hal McElroy Southern Star Nine Network , 1997-2000 Z1934401 1997-2000 series - publisher film/TV crime detective thriller

'Murder is the ultimate crime. It touches the lives of ordinary people, casting its long shadow over the glossy cityscape and glamorous haunts of the sprawling metropolis. For homicide detectives Steve Hayden and Tessa Vance, solving a murder is a journey from darkness into light. An urgent, vicious confrontation with evil, a walk through the devil's own world.

'Tessa and Steve are the elite new face of homicide. She is young and brilliant, he is logical. She is instinctive, he goes by the book. She's complicated, he's down to earth. Together this powerful partnership must confront and overcome the intrigue, fear and shattered lives which murder leaves in its wake.'

Source: McElroy All Media ( (Sighted: 19/4/2013)

The authors above are those credited as script-writers for the series. A number of other authors were also credited with 'story': Jennifer Rowe is the most frequently credited, but other authors credited with 'story' are Leanne Williams, Duncan Ball, Kel Richards, Jenny Pausacker, Kerry Greenwood, Richard Hall, Peter Gawler, John Banas, Jean Bedford, Karen Petersen, and Helen Robinson.

1 form y The King and Mrs Candle Sumner Locke Elliott , United States of America (USA) : NBC , 1954 6449628 1954 single work film/TV satire

A musical Ruritanian romance.

In the New York Times, the piece is described as 'a play about the exiled king of a mythical country who comes to America and finds romance' (8 June 1955, p.59). Later, the New York Times expanded on this to describe him as 'a deposed king of a frantic country called Brandovia where the inhabitants spent their time exporting bologna and fighting off assaults by their aggressive neighbors, the Carps and the Gloats' (23 August 1955, p.49).

Further Reference:

Adams, Val. 'TV Show to Stage an Original Play', New York Times, 8 June 1955, p.59.

Dunckley, Dorothy. 'Cyril Stars in Lavish TV Show', The Argus, 7 September 1955, p.9.

Hastings, Peter. 'One of Broadway's Top Ten', Australian Women's Weekly, 12 May 1954, p.13.

Shanley, J.P. 'TV: Hail, King Ritchard!', New York Times, 23 August 1955, p.49.

1 form y False Witness The Diplomat Peter Gawler , Australia : Screentime , 2009 Z1622562 2009 single work film/TV thriller crime

False Witness 'is set in present day [2009] Sydney,Tajikistan and London against the back drop of bickering intelligence agencies, fallible police forces and international tensions and was inspired by real life incidents including the 1997 theft of five Soviet built nuclear 'suitcase bombs' and explores a scenario that could lead to the West's worst nightmare - a nuclear attack.

'... British diplomat, Ian Porter (Dougray Scott) is apprehended at Heathrow Airport in possession of 30 kilos of heroin. Porter's unwillingness to cooperate leaves Scotland Yard Inspector Julie Hales (Rachael Blake) believing he is doing business with Russian arms and drug trafficker Sergei Krousov (Don Hany). Unaware that Krousov has intentions to sell a suitcase bomb, Scotland Yard offers to cut Porter a deal to turn on Krousov. In return they'll grant him immunity from prosecution and entry into their international witness program.

'Hales accompanies Porter and his estranged wife (Claire Forlani) to Sydney where chameleon Porter believes his handler at MI6 (Richard Roxburgh as Van Koors) can manipulate the Australian Federal Police protection team to allow him to complete his mission. AFP agent Wilson (Jeremy Lindsay Taylor) and Hales have no idea of Porter's MI6 links so, when their security is breached, all hell breaks loose.'

Source: Screentime website,
Sighted: 09/09/2009

1 1 y Wednesday Theatre Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1965-1969 7118326 1965 series - publisher

An ABC anthology television series that played single-episode television programs from overseas, but also produced and promoted new Australian works.

The individual works had no explicit thematic connection to one another, and the term 'theatre' was applied loosely: some instalments were adaptations of stage plays, but many appear to have been written directly as 'television plays'. The series also semi-regularly aired operas.

In some instances, the productions were imported wholesale from other countries: 'Collect Your Hand Luggage' (aired 20 October 1965), for example, is a re-titled broadcast of ITV Television Playhouse episode 'Collect Your Hand Baggage' (originally aired in 1963).

In other instances, the episodes are Australian productions of international works: 'Tartuffe' (aired 13 October 1965), for example, is an Australian production of the Moliere play, produced Henri Safran and with an Australian cast. These productions are only indexed individually on AustLit if there is a discernible Australian script-writer and/or localisation of the production.

Wednesday Theatre followed a common pattern for anthology series on early Australian television, in that the Australian content rapidly dropped away and the series became primarily re-screenings of British productions: see also Stuart Wagstaff's World Playhouse.

For a full listing of episodes and airdates, see under Film Details.

1 form y Marked for Murder John Banas , Byron Bay : Every Cloud Productions , 2013 7079925 2013 single work film/TV crime

'Inspired by a Kerry Greenwood short story and set amidst the passion and fanaticism of 1929 Australian Rules football. When Phryne is duped into investigating the coach's missing 'lucky cap', she discovers a gruesome murder instead. The local team captain is found hanging by a rival team's scarf and it seems at first a clear-cut case of murderous sabotage.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 26/2/2014)

1 1 y The Popeye Murder Sandra Winter-Dewhirst , United States of America (USA) : Sandra Winter-Dewhirst , 2015 9064955 2015 single work novel crime

'Rebecca Keith is the editor of “Taste”, the food and wine supplement in Adelaide’s daily newspaper. Joining a throng of reporters and chefs aboard a local ferryboat called The Popeye to mark the launch of the Australian Food Festival, the gathered crowd is shocked when one of the city’s top chefs is found murdered in a macabre way. Rebecca and the other guests are immediately tagged as suspects to the crime, but in a strange twist of fate, Rebecca is also assigned by her newspaper to cover the murder. Faced with this strange ethical dilemma, she soon finds herself wrapped up in interviews and investigations that put her face-to-face with a host of suspects—and grave mortal danger. For fans of Kerry Greenwood’s Phyrne Fisher Murder Series and Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Poirot, The Popeye Murder: A Rebecca Keith Mystery is a lighthearted tale set against the backdrop of the quirky, yet rich culture of one of Australia’s most beloved coastal cities.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 1 form y Noah and Saskia Chris Anastassiades , Sam Carroll , Patricia Edgar , Chris Anastassiades , Paul Nichola , Fitzroy United Kingdom (UK) : Australian Children's Television Foundation Australian Broadcasting Corporation British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , 2004 Z1839807 2004 series - publisher film/TV young adult science fiction fantasy

Saskia (living in Australia) has on online friendship with Noah (living in the UK). Each 'deceives' the other with their online personas, Indy (for Saskia) and Max Hammer (for Noah): Indy and Max allow Saskia and Noah to be the people they hope to be, without any of their own anxieties and uncertainties. Despite this element of deceit, the friendship between the two is presented as genuine and strong. The program received much praise when it first aired for offering a counter-argument to the anxiety that often marks debates about online friendships.

According to Patricia Edgar's account of the creation of this program,

To take such an abstract philosophical concept and create involving stories with appealing characters was a difficult task for any writer. Elaine and I needed smart observers of people and situations who understood the world Noah and Saskia inhabit, who had a flair for sharp, witty dialogue for a modern, pacy story. With the different components in the United Kingdom, Australia and cyberspace, it could be structurally confusing. Chris Anastassiades, who had written the Yolngu Boy script and worked for several other ACTF projects, was the answer, along with Sam Carroll, a young woman who had not yet been spoiled by the demands of writing formulaic drama. She brought her youth and vitality to Saskia; Chris would write Noah.

(Source: Patricia Edgar, Bloodbath: A Memoir of Australian Television, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2006, p.401.)

Further Reference:

'Interview with Paul Nichola'. The Making of Noah and Saskia. ABC.( (Sighted: 12/9/2012).

'Interview with Pino Amenta'. The Making of Noah and Saskia. ABC. ( (Sighted: 12/9/2012).

1 Sleek and Sexy Phryne Mark Thomas , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 11 February 2012; (p. 8-9)
1 Children Experience War Alongside a Larrikin Hero Claire Low , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 April 2008; (p. 9)
1 Cooling the Crows Kaaron Warren , 2007 single work short story horror
— Appears in: In Bad Dreams, Volume One : Where Real Life Awaits 2007; Dead Sea Fruit 2010; (p. 95-110)
1 Monster Marks : Sliding Significations of the Grotesque in Popular Fiction Sylvia Kelso , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sirius , March no. 11 1996; (p. 12-15)
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