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Remakes, sequels, series ... franchises?

Remakes

A movie was successful, and the same or a similar story was reworked at a later time.

Film followed by a TV series

I haven't seen the TV version of The Devil's Playground, so don't know how close it is to Schepisi's film.

Devil's Playground, The (Fred Schepisi, 1976) wr. prod. Fred Schepisi, dp Ian Baker; Simon Burke, Arthur Dignam, Tom Kenneally, John Diedrich, Sheila Florance, John Frawley, Jonathan Hardy, Charles McCallum, Nick Tate; based on Schepisi's own experience in a Catholic school; Melbourne, colour, 35mm, 107 min.

Devil's Playground, The (Rachel Ward, 2014) Simon Burke, Toni Collette, Don Hany, Jack Thompson; TV series sequel to the Schepisi film

The TV version of the film based on Kenneth Cook's novel doesn't follow the original story, but is recognisably related to it.

Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971) aka Outback (overseas); wr. Evan Jones, novel Kenneth Cook, dp Brian West, ed. Anthony Buckley; Gary Bond, Donald Pleasance, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson, John Meillon

Wake in Fright (Kriv Stenders, 2017) Sean Keenan, Alex Dimitriades, Caren Pistorius, Gary Sweet

The story in the TV Mystery Road is not the same, tho it's thematically related, and has the same main character and actor.

Mystery Road (Ivan Sen, 2013) aka Moree Girls (working title) wr. dp ed. Ivan Sen, prod. David Jowsey; Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Tony Barry, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling, Siobhan Binge, David Field, Robert Mammone, Trisha Whitton; shot in Winton, Qld; released 17Oct13

Mystery Road (Rachel Perkins, 2018) TV series, one of six eps; Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis, Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair, Colin Friels, Anthony Hayes

'Genre'

Remakes of the 'same' movie may be of 'genre' cinema types - horror movies or whatever.

Patrick (1978) was remade in 2013 with the same title, but whereas the first was directly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock (Richard Franklin actually worked with him), the second was directed by Mark Hartley, who has made a large number of 'making of' shorts, so presumably knows 'how to make' a film. Plus, he got together the useful and very popular compilation, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008), so he also knows how to exploit a specific subject.

Patrick (Richard Franklin, 1978) prod. Antony I. Ginnane, Richard Franklin, Patrick Productions, Australian International Film Corporation, wr. Everett De Roche, dp Don McAlpine, music Brian May, design Leslie Binns, ed. Edward McQueen-Mason; Susan Penhaligon, Rod Mullinar, Robert Helpmann, Bruce Barry, Julia Blake, Frank Wilson; horror and scifi; Agfa colour, 35mm, 120 min.

Patrick (Mark Hartley, 2013) wr. Justin King; Charles Dance, Sharni Vinson, Rachel Griffiths; horror; remake of the Hitchcock-influenced Richard Franklin film of 1978

There wasn't much point in making the second Long Weekend (2008) because the original (Colin Eggleston, 1979) - with John Hargreaves at his best - was so good. After festival screenings it went straight to DVD. I don't know why James Blanks wanted to make this - especially with the same writer, Everett De Roche, who's never better than competent.

Long Weekend (Colin Eggleston, 1979) wr. Everett De Roche, prod. Colin Eggleston for Dugong Films, dp Vincent Monton, music Michael Carlos, design Larry Eastwood, ed. Brian Kavanagh; John Hargreaves, Briony Behets (director's wife); thriller; review by Adrian Martin in Murray 1995: 40 - he applies the concept 'fantastique'; Eastman colour, 35mm, widescreen, 102 min.

Long Weekend (Jamie Blanks, 2008) wr. Everett De Roche; James Caviezel, Claudia Karvan;not released theatrically

Turkey Shoot was a particularly disgusting exploitation film. I'm sorry it was remade, and haven't seen the second one.

Turkey Shoot (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1982) aka Escape 2000, Blood Camp Thatcher; prod. Antony I. Ginnane, William Fayman for Second FGH Film Consortium, wr. Jon George, Neill Hicks, story George Schenck, dp John McLean, music Brian May, design Bernard Hides, ed. Alan Lake; Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig, Carmen Duncan, Noel Ferrier, Lynda Stoner, Roger Ward, Michael Petrovich, Gus Mercurio, John Ley, Bill Young, Steve Rackman, John Godden, Oriana Panozzo; Kodak colour, 35mm, 94 min.

Turkey Shoot (Jon Hewitt, 2014) wr. Jon Hewitt, Belinda McClory, prod. Antony I. Ginnane, exec. prod. Robert Trenchard-Smith; Dominic Purcell, Viva Bianca, Robert Taylor; remake of Turkey Shoot (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1982) premiere MIFF

Children's

A successful children's film may be a good bet to remake.

The 1983 remake of Bush Christmas starred Nicole Kidman in her first film, so that is almost a justification for its existence. The first one (1947) was really a British film shot in Australia with a British director and photographer. It was also b/w - perhaps another good reason for telling the story again.

Bush Christmas (Ralph Smart, 1947) wr. Ralph Smart from novel by Mary Cathcart Borer, prod. Ralph Smart, dp George Heath; Children's Entertainment Films ([British] Children's Film Foundation); Chips Rafferty, John Fernside, Stan Tolhurst, Pat Penny, John McCallum, Clyde Combo (uncredited, as Old Jack)

Bush Christmas (Henri Safran, 1983) aka Prince and the Great Race, prod. Paul D. Barron; remake of 1947 film; John Ewart, John Howard, Nicole Kidman; 91 min.; Kidman's film debut

Gerald Glaskin

In the first of the two films based on Gerry Glaskin's novel, the children were orphans from Britain. For the 2001 update they had become more recently politically correct Vietnamese refugee children ('boat people'?)

Waltz through the Hills, A (Frank Arnold, 1988) wr. John Goldsmith, novel Gerry Glaskin, prod. Paul D. Barron, Roz Berrystone; Andre Jansen, Ernie Dingo, Tina Kemp, Dan O'Herlihy, Geoffrey Atkins, Maggie Wilde West, Margaret Ford, Geoffrey Gibbs, Robert Faggetter, Pippa Williamson (farmer's wife); AFI Best Actor Ernie Dingo, 1988; Pater Award Best Children's Drama, 1988; made in WA; 100 min.

Southern Cross (Mark DeFriest, 2001) wr. Ron Elliott, story Paul Barron, prod. Paul D. Barron, remake of A Waltz Through the Hills (Frank Arnold, 1988) from the novel by Gerry Glaskin; Heath Bergersen, Bill Kerr, Michael Loney, Geoff Kelso; two Vietnamese children escape from an institution for refugees, and make their way to Perth

D'Arcy Niland

Shiralee, The (Leslie Norman, 1957) Ealing Films; from the novel by D'Arcy Niland, 103 min.; Peter Finch (Macauley), Dana Wilson (Buster)

Shiralee, The (George Ogilvie, 1988) Bryan Brown, Noni Hazlehurst, Rebecca Smart; made for TV as 2 x 100 min.

I suppose these next two are not children's films, and may be 'young adult', certainly a book category, if not a cinematic one.

Kick (Lynda Heys, 1999) wr. Stuart Beattie; Matt Grant, Claire Andrews, Martin Henderson, Radha Mitchell, Paul Mercurio; champion high school rugby player has a secret desire to be a dancer

Tackling Romeo (Lynda Heys, tba) wr. Lynda Heys, prod. Lynda Heys, Steve Turnbull, Faraway Films Entertainment, dp Peter James, ed. Mark Warner, music Nerida Tyson-Chew, prod. design Robbie Perkins; Carlos Acosta; champion high school rugby player has a secret desire to be a dancer; remake of 1999 film, Kick; apparently not made; was planned Dec16

Biopic

In the early to middle 1900s there were more than one popular stories - such as the Ned Kelly one - that were told more than once on film. The first Ned Kelly film was also the feature film ever made. I'll list one here, but for the rest see the bushranger films page.

Story of the Kelly Gang, The (Charles Tait, 1906) J. & N. Tait, Johnson & Gibson, wr. Charles Tait, dp Millard Johnson, Orrie Perry, Reg Perry, c. 4000 ft; Frank Mills, Elizabeth Tait, John Tait, Norman Campbell, Will Coyne; world's first feature film, in the sense that it ran for more than an hour; seventeen minutes of the film have been restored and released by the National Film and Sound Archive

The John Lee story is an example of a biopic that was made more than once. That of Nurse Cavell is another. Condemned to death by hanging, John Lee survived three attempts to drop him and his sentence was commuted to life. Edith Cavell was shot to death by a German firing squad during WW1.

Life Story Of John Lee, The, or The Man They Could Not Hang (Robert Scott, 1912) wr. prod. Phillip Lytton, dp Herbert Finlay; Mervyn Barrington, Edna Phillips, Robert Scott, Robert Henry, Fred Cope; 4 reels

Life Story Of John Lee, The, or The Man They Could Not Hang (Arthur W. Sterry, 1921) Sterry and Haldane, wr. Arthur W. Sterry; dp Tasman Higgins; Rose Rooney, David Edelsten; 6 reels; remake of the 1912 film of the same name

Martyrdom Of Nurse Cavell, The (John Gavin, C. Post Mason, 1916) Australian Famous Feature Company, wr. Agnes Gavin, dp Lacey Percival; Vera Pearce, Harrington Reynolds, C. Post Mason, Percy Walshe, John Gavin, Charles Villiers, George Portus, Roland Stavely, James Martin, Robert Floyd, George Farrell, Ethel Bashford, Clare Stephenson, Nellie Power

Nurse Cavell (W. J. Lincoln, 1916) aka Edith Cavell

Literature

Sentimental Bloke, The (Raymond Longford, 1919) Arthur Tauchert, Lottie Lyell, Gilbert Emery, CJ Dennis

Sentimental Bloke, The (Frank W. Thring, 1932) Efftee Film Productions, wr. C. J. Dennis, dp Arthur Higgins; Cecil Scott, Ray Fisher, Tal Ordell; 92 min.

Another Dennis film is probably better regarded as a sequel or one of a series than a remake, but I'll list it here.

Ginger Mick (Raymond Longford, 1920) Southern Cross Feature Film Company, wr. Lottie Lyell (?) Raymond Longford, from verse narrative The Moods of Ginger Mick by C. J. Dennis, dp Arthur Higgins, 5500 ft; Gilbert Emery, Arthur Tauchert, Lottie Lyell, Jack Tauchert, Queenie Cross, George Hotspur

Bush

For all such films, see the page for bush films.

The Squatter's Daughter (Bert Bailey, 1910) aka The Land of the Wattle, prod. William Anderson, from the play by Bert Bailey & Edmund Duggan, dp Orrie Perry; Olive Wilton, Bert Bailey, Edmund Duggan; 6000 ft

Squatter's Daughter, The (Ken G. Hall, 1933) prod. Ken G. Hall, Cinesound Productions, wrs Gayne Dexter, E. V. Timms, play by 'Albert Edmunds' (Bert Bailey & Edmund Duggan), photography: Frank Hurley, George Malcolm; Owen Ainley, W. Lane Bayliff, Dorothy Dunkley, Jocelyn Howarth, George Lloyd, Grant Lyndsay, Fred Macdonald, Claude Turton, Katie Towers, Les Warton, John Warwick; 35 mm, 104 min. Romeo and Juliet story

Sequels

A movie was successful, and the 'same' story was continued a short time later.

Road

In Aotearoa, the cheerful road movie starring a Mini was worth taking up again. I haven't seen it, and it may be a remake.

Goodbye Pork Pie (Geoff Murphy, 1980) wr. Ian Mune, Geoff Murphy, prod. Nigel Hutchinson, Geoff Murphy, dp Alun Bollinger; Kelly Johnson, Claire Oberman, Tony Barry; comedy; NZ

Pork Pie (Matt Murphy, 2017) wr. Matt Murphy, dp Crighton Bone; Dean O'Gorman, James Rolleston, Ashleigh Cummings; follows Goodbye Pork Pie; road movie, adventure; NZ; released 4 May

Phil Avalon surfing films

Summer City (Christopher Fraser, 1977) prod. wr. Phillip Avalon, Avalon Films/Summer City Productions, dp Jerry Marek, design Jann Harris, music Phil Birkis, ed. David Stiven; John Jarratt (Sandy), Phillip Avalon (Robbie), Steve Bisley (Boo), Mel Gibson (Scollop), Debbie Forman (Caroline), James Elliot, Abigail, Ward Austin, Sydney, colour, 35mm.

Breaking Loose (Rod Hay, 1988) wr. Rod Hay, prod. Phillip Avalon; Peter Phelps (Ross), Vince Martin (Robbie), Abigail (Helen), David Ngoombujarra (Davie), John Clayton, Tom Richards, Angela Kennedy, Gary Waddell, Sandra Lee Patterson, Sharon Tamlyn, Kris Greaves, Kate Grusovin, Dee Krainz; "Peter Phelps ... as a teenager who heads along the coast to visit a mate only to run into all sorts of confrontations, including the inevitable aggressive motor bike gang. ... [H]ybrid film ... that combines elements of the road movie genre with the more colloquial Australian surf movie." See also: Jim Schembri in Murray 1995: 245; sequel to Summer City

Banjo Paterson's poem

Man From Snowy River, The (Beaumont Smith, 1920) Beaumont Smith's Productions, wr. Beaumont Smith from poems by A. B. Paterson, dp Lacey Percival; Cyril Mackay, Stella Southern, Tal Ordell; 61 min. Not the first of a series as such, but included for completeness

Man from Snowy River, The (George Miller, 1982) prod. Geoff Burrowes for Michael Edgley International, Cambridge Films, wr. John Dixon, Fred 'Cul' Cullen, from poem by 'Banjo' Paterson, dp Keith Wagstaff, music Bruce Rowland, design Leslie Binns, ed. Adrian Carr; Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton, Jack Thompson, Lorraine Bayly, Tony Bonner, Chris Haywood, Gus Mercurio; Eastman colour, 35mm, widescreen, 100 min. This is a 'remake', but the next two films are 'sequels'.

Man from Snowy River II, The (Geoff Burrowes, 1988) aka Return to Snowy River, The Untamed; Brian Dennehy, Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton, Bryan Marshall

Cool Change (George Miller, 1986) 35 mm, 93 min. prod. Dennis Wright for Delatite Productions, wr. Patrick Edgeworth, dp John Haddy, composer Bruce Rowlands, designer Leslie Binns, ed. Phil Reid; Lisa Armytage, John Blake, Wilbur Wilde, Alec Wilson; virtual sequel to The Man from Snowy River

Two Smiley films

Smiley (Anthony Kimmins, 1956) London Films, an Alexander Korda Production; Colin Petersen (Smiley), Bruce Archer, Ralph Richardson, John McCallum, Chips Rafferty, Reg Lye; sequel: Smiley Gets a Gun

Smiley Gets a Gun (Anthony Kimmins, 1958) Sybil Thorndike, Keith Calvert, Bruce Archer, Chips Rafferty

Four Mad Max films so far

Mad Max (Dr George Miller, 1979) prod. Byron Kennedy for Mad Max Pty Ltd, wr. James McAusland, Dr George Miller, dp David Eggby, music Brian May, design Jon Dowding, ed. Tony Patterson, Cliff Hayes; Steve Bisley, Mel Gibson, Vince Gil, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Lulu Pinkus, Joanne Samuel; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.

Mad Max 2 (Dr George Miller, 1981) aka The Road Warrior, prod. Byron Kennedy for Kennedy Miller, wr. Brian Hannant, Terry Hayes, Dr George Miller. photography Dean Semler, music Brian May, design Graham Walker; Mel Gibson, Emil Minty, Kjell Nilsson, Max Phipps, Mike Preston, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells, Virginia Hey, William Zappa, Arkie Whitelely; Eastman colour, 35mm, 94 min.

Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome (Dr George Miller, George Ogilvie, 1985) prod. George Miller, Doug Mitchess, Terry Hayes, wr. Terry Hayes, George Miller, dp Dean Semler, visual design Ed Verraux, design Graham Walker, costume design Norma Moriceau, music Maurice Jarre, sound Roger Savage; Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Helen Buday, Frank Thring, Bruce Spence; Eastman colour, 70mm, 35mm, 102 min.

Mad Max: Fury Road (Dr George Miller, 2015) wr. Dr George Miller, Nick Lathouris, Brendan McCarthy; Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Megan Gale, Courtney Eaton; shot 2012 Namibia, Sydney; Cannes

Series

Two or more films with the same character(s) or subject planned at the same time

Bush

For all such films, see the page for bush films, which includes all the Rudd and Hayseed films in title order.
See also the page for the complete Hayseeds series.

There are several films based on Steele Rudd's stories starting with On Our Selection. This is the first.

On Our Selection (Raymond Longford, 1920) wr. Raymond Longford from stories by Steele Rudd, dp Arthur Higgins, titles Syd Nicholls, 6890 ft; Percy Walshe, Beatrice Esmond, Tal Ordell; comedy

A similar series of seven films was about a family called the Hayseeds. Again, this is the first. They were based partly on Steele Rudd's work but mostly on novels by Henry Fletcher. Both the Rudd and Wayback families achieved popularity on the stage before their career in the pictures. See also the page for the complete Hayseeds series.

Our Friends, The Hayseeds (Beaumont Smith, 1917) aka The Hayseeds, Beaumont Smith's Productions, wr. Beaumont Smith, dp Harry Krischock; Roy Redgrave, Walter Cornock, Pearl Hellmrich, Margaret Gordon; comedy; 5000ft

There is only one Waybacks film, but it's included here for the sake of inclusivity.

The Waybacks (Arthur W. Sterry, 1918) prod. Humbert Pugliese, Koala Films, from the play by Phillip Lytton, dp Ernest Higgins; Vincent White, Gladys Leigh, Lucy Adair, Louis Machilaton; bush comedy; 7000ft

Three Jack Irish films, followed by two TV mini-serieses

Jack Irish: Bad Debts (Jeffrey Walker, 2012) telemovie; Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing, Damien Richardon, Shane Jacobson, Vadim Glowna, Colin Friels, Steve Bisley, Terry Norris, Ron Falk, John Flaus, Emma Booth, Fletcher Humphrys

Jack Irish: Black Tide (Jeffrey Walker, 2012) telemovie; Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing, Damien Richardon, Shane Jacobson, Vadim Glowna, Don Hany, Diana Glenn, Alexandra Schepisi, Lachy Hulme, Terry Norris, Ron Falk, John Flaus, Emma Booth, Fletcher Humphrys

Jack Irish: Dead Point (Jeffrey Walker, 2014) telemovie; Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing, Shane Jacobson, Deborah Mailman, Vince Colosimo, Kat Stewart, Barry Humphries, Dominic Allburn, John Jarratt, Tess Haubrich, Lloyd Bissell, Timothy Joseph Clarke, Colin Masters, Rod Smith, Kate Beahan, Felicity Steel, Terry Norris, Ron Falk, John Flaus, Damien Garvey, Kimesia Hartz, Tina Bursill, Emma Booth, Fletcher Humphrys, Damien Richardson, Sarah Roberts, Madeleine Madden, Tyler Mander, Jaylene Watts, Ben Gerrard, James O'Connell, Paul Ireland

Two of Shane Maloney's Murray Whelan novels as telemovies

Stiff (John Clarke, 2004) telemovie, wr. John Clarke, novel by Shane Maloney; prod. Huntaway Films (Sam Neill, John Clarke, Jay Cassells) in assoc. with Ruby Entertainment (Mark Ruse and Stephen Luby); first in "Murray Whelan" series; David Wenham (Murray Whelan), Mick Molloy, Sam Neill; broadcast Seven June 2004

Brush Off, The (Sam Neill, 2004) telemovie, wr. John Clarke, novel by Shane Maloney; prod. Huntaway Films (Sam Neill, John Clarke, Jay Cassells) in assoc. with Ruby Entertainment (Mark Ruse and Stephen Luby); second in "Murray Whelan" series; John Clarke, David Wenham (Murray Whelan), Steve Bisley, Mick Molloy; broadcast Seven August 2004

A pair of Trenchard-Smith martial arts films made in WA

Day of the Panther (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1988) prod. Damien Parer, wr. Peter West, dp Simon Akkerman, 84 min. Edward John Stazak, John Stanton, Jim Richards, Michael Carmen, Zale Daniel, Paris Jefferson; martial arts master Jason Blade is sent from Hong Kong to Perth [WA] to deal with drug lord Stanton; first Jason Blade feature is traditional well-staged action; followed by sequel Fists of Blood

Fists of Blood (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1988) aka The Strike of the Panther, prod. Damien Parer, wr. Peter West, Ranald Allan, dp Simon Akkerman; Edward John Stazak, John Stanton, Rowena Wallace, Paris Jefferson, Zale Daniel, Jim Richards; second Jason Blade feature has our hero on the trail of recently escaped adversary Richards, who has shanghaied Blade's girlfriend; routine chop-socky actioner is a sequel to Day of the Panther; 84 min.

Touch the Sun

Captain Johnno (Mario Andreacchio, 1988) telemovie, wr. Rob George; John Waters, Damien Walters, Rebecca Sykes, Michele Fawdon, Joe Petruzzi, Elspeth Ballantyne; deaf boy is befriended by Italian fisherman; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations

Devil's Hill (Esben Storm, 1988) wr. David Phillips, novel Nan Chauncy; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations; Tasmania

Gift, The (Paul Cox, 1988) telemovie; Nicholas Hatjiandreou, Vicki Serbos, Alexis Anthopoulos, Constantin Laras, Rena Frangloudakis, Peter Felmingham, Margaret Ford, Michael Milsom, Victoria Eagger, Barry Dickins, Ken James, Bill McCluskey; prod. Geoffrey Daniels, Patricia Edgar, Michael Friedman, Tony Llewellyn-Jones; music Tassos Ioannides, dp Nino Gaetano Martinetti; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations

Peter and Pompey (Michael Carson, 1988) wr. John Misto; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations

Princess Kate (George Ogilvie, 1988) wr. Kristin & David Williamson; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations

Top Enders (Jackie McKimmie, 1988) part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations

Clowning

Clowning Around (George Whaley, 1992) wr. Shane Brennan, Tom Cavanagh, David Martin, prod. Antonia Barnard, Paul D. Barron, Barron Entertainment, dp Laszlo Baranyai; aka Clowning Sim; Clayton Williamson (Sim, 13), Ernie Dingo; shot in Perth WA as a feature but shown as a mini-series

Clowning Around 2 (George Whaley, 1993) wr. Ranald Allan, Barron Films; Clayton Williamson (Sim, 13), Ernie Dingo, Margaret Ford; shot in Perth as a feature but shown as a mini-series

TV series

Angel at my Table, An (Jane Campion, 1990) NZ; based on autobiographies of Janet Frame: To the Island, Angel at my Table, Envoy from Mirror City; Kerry Fox; made as a three-part mini-series, but also screened as a feature; 158 min.Cloudstreet (Matthew Saville, 2011) TV series, novel by Tim Winton

Dunera Boys, The (Ben Lewin, 1985) mini-series; prod. Bob Weis, dp Vincent Monton; also released on tape as a film; Joseph Spano, Bob Hoskins, Joseph F├╝rst, Simon Chilvers, Steven Vidler, Moshe Kedem, John Meillon, Warren Mitchell

Last Bastion, The (Chris Thompson, 1984) miniseries; Timothy West, Michael Blakemore, Robert Vaughn, Warren Mitchell, Ray Barrett, Bill Hunter, Max Cullen, Vincent Ball, Tony Barry, Simon Chilvers, John Clayton, Tim Robertson, June Salter, Duncan Wass, Leslie Wright, Harold Hopkins; WW2 war

Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows (David Caesar, 2016) wr. Tony Ayres; spinoff from the 2013 TV series Nowhere Boys

River Kings, The (Donald Crombie, 1991) miniseries; wr. Max Fatchen (novels), Rob George; David Bradshaw, Reg Evans, Willie Fennell, Bill Kerr, Tamblyn Lord; Murray River paddle-boats

Secret River, The; in planning since 2007, originally with Deborra Lee-Furness to direct; novel Kate Grenville, script Jan Sardi, prod. John Palermo; Hugh Jackman; this will now be a play at Sydney Theatre Company, involving wr. Andrew Bovell and dir. Neil Armfield; no info about a film related to this; update 2013: this became a 2015 two-part mini-series directed by Daina Reid; emancipated English convict stakes a claim on land owned by a clan of Aboriginal people

Simone de Beauvoir's Babies (Kate Woods, 1997) TV mini-series

Franchises

Are there any franchises in Australasian films? Someone called these 'franchises', but I don't know why.

Blackjack (2003) telemovie, Jigsaw Entertainment; Colin Friels, Marta Dusseldorp; franchise series; screened Ten

Loot (telemovie, 2004) Jason Donovan, Anita Hegh, screened June 2004 ABCTV; franchise series


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