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Author Lever, Susan, author

Title Creating Australian television drama : a screenwriting history / Susan Lever
Published North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty, Limited, May 2020
North Melbourne, Vic : Australian Scholarly, 2020


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  791.45750994 Lev/Cat  AVAILABLE
Description viii, 282 pages ; 23 cm
Summary Television drama has been the dominant form of popular storytelling for more than sixty years, shaping the imaginations of millions of people. This book surveys the careers of the central creators of those stories for Australian television--the writers who learnt how to work in a new medium, adapting to its constraints and exploring its creative possibilities. Informed by interviews with many writers, it describes the establishment of Australian television drama production, observing the way writers grasped the creative and business opportunities that television presented. It examines the development of Australian versions of the major television genres--the sitcom, the police drama, the historical series, docudrama, and social drama-- presenting a 'canon' of significant Australian television drama productions that deserve to be remembered. It offers an account of the emergence of work by Indigenous writers for television and it argues for the consideration of television drama alongside histories of Australian film and stage drama
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Television programs -- Australia -- History
Australian drama -- History and criticism
Television plays, Australian -- History and criticism
Television authorship -- Australia -- History
Television authorship -- Australia -- Vocational guidance
Australian drama -- Aboriginal Australian authors
ISBN 9781925984880 (paperback)
1925984885 (paperback)