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Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series
Subcategory of Australian Film Institute Awards
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2010 winner form y separately published work icon Hawke Glen Dolman , ( dir. Emma Freeman ) Melbourne Australia : The Film Company Network Ten , 2010 Z1606845 2010 single work film/TV

The story of Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke during one of the most difficult period of his political life, when his position as leader came under threat from Treasurer, Paul Keating. The narrative also explores the Hawke legend from his early days as a hard-drinking, womanising, but brilliant trade union president through his transformation into a polished, egalitarian, and visionary world leader and up to his second term in office. Having largely sacrificed his family for political ambition, Hawke must rely on his friendships and allegiances as he attempts to defeat his challenger and remain in power.

2008 winner form y separately published work icon East West 101 SBS Television (publisher), Kristen Dunphy , Kris Wyld , Michael Miller , Kris Mrksa , Michelle Offen , Sherine Salama , David Ogilvy , Vanessa Bates , Katherine Thomson , Steve Knapman , Steve Knapman , Kris Wyld , ( dir. Peter Andrikidis ) Australia : SBS Television Knapman Wyld Television , 2009-2011 Z1643485 2009-2011 series - publisher film/TV (taught in 1 units)

Series One of East West 101 focuses on two men whose destinies are irrevocably intertwined. Malik is driven by a hunger for justice. He was twelve when a masked gunman held up the family shop. Malik refused to hand over the money and his father was subsequently shot and injured. He later joined the police force and has been looking for the shadowy figure who pulled the trigger. When he finally finds him, Malik's belief in the justice system is challenged by a powerful desire for revenge. As he hunts down the truth, it is revealed that one of his colleagues, Crowley, had a part to play in the original investigation. Crowley is a man whose vision has been blighted by pain and prejudice. His son, Paul, was found dead of an overdose on drugs sold to him by a Lebanese dealer. When the drug dealer who sold Paul the heroin is found murdered, Internal Affairs come asking questions.

In Season Two, East West 101 expands to seven episodes as the Major Crime Squad investigate crime and murder in all quarters of multicultural Sydney. But overarching all is the quest for Detective Zane Malik to find the truth behind a car bomb attack which kills two men. The Major Crime Squad form a joint task force with the NSO (National Security Organisation) to deal with the crime. There is paranoia in the city and fallout on the Muslim community. Malik knows that in order to stop the circle of hate, he must solve the crime. Was the bomb really an act of extremists, as the media suggest, or a sophisticated killing by a career criminal? Malik doggedly pursues the truth until he, too, becomes a target. Inspector Patricia Wright questions his motives but her vision is clouded by personal issues that she wants to keep hidden from the squad. Crime has touched her own family.

Season Three : The Hero's Journey. 'In [this] third season of East West 101, the Major Crime Squad investigates a 36 million dollar robbery in Australia and its connections to the murder of 17 people in Afghanistan. Is the robbery to fund an act of terror by military trained radicals, or the work of sophisticated criminals? For Detective Zane Malik the case has savage personal and professional ramifications. Malik is obstructed in his quest to find those responsible by the interference of newcomer Detective Neil Travis. Travis has fought in Iraq and his attitude and approach to the investigation cause conflict with Malik. In the hunt for an elusive foe, ultimately both men are forced to confront what makes a man a hero, or a coward...'

(Source: East West 101, SBS website)

For Season One.
2005 winner form y separately published work icon The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant Peter Berry , ( dir. Peter Andrikidis ) Australia : Screentime , 2004 7867974 2004 series - publisher film/TV historical fiction

A dramatised (and fictionalised) account of the arrest, transportation, and subsequent escape of Mary Bryant, one of the convicts transported to Australia on the First Fleet.

2003 winner form y separately published work icon After the Deluge Andrew Knight , ( dir. Brendan Maher ) Australia : CoxKnight Productions , 2003 8227997 2003 series - publisher film/TV

'The story of a father who is suffering from Alzheimer's and his three estranged sons who reluctantly draw together to find institutional care for him. The father wrestles with the demons of the past as buried memories of World War II percolate disturbingly through the mundane reality of his daily care. Woven through this are the stories of the sons as they struggle to come to terms with the roles they have played as brothers, sons and men.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2001 winner form y separately published work icon My Brother Jack John Alsop , Sue Smith , ( dir. Ken Cameron ) Australia : Samson Productions , 2001 Z896649 2001 single work film/TV
1993 winner form y separately published work icon The Leaving of Liverpool John Alsop , Sue Smith , ( dir. Michael Jenkins ) United Kingdom (UK) Australia : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 1992 7211753 1992 series - publisher film/TV

'The story of two remarkable children who were victims of the connivance and cruelty of the governments and organisations involved in the mass transportation of deprived and homeless children throughout the British Empire in the 1950s.'

Source: Screen Australia.