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Series cast summary:
 Elizabeth Ashton (8 episodes, 1994)
 Vincent Burunga (8 episodes, 1994)
Grahame Mundara Rich
(8 episodes, 1994)
Paul Caesar ...
 Macka Hargreaves (6 episodes, 1994)
Bob Maza ...
 Alf Dyer (6 episodes, 1994)
Wesley Patten ...
 Chris Dyer (6 episodes, 1994)
Justine Saunders ...
 Millie Carmichael (6 episodes, 1994)
 Phil McCarthy (6 episodes, 1994)
Leanne Bundy ...
 Robyn (5 episodes, 1994)
Bradley Byquar ...
 Ricky Dyer (5 episodes, 1994)
Luke Carroll ...
 Jason Sutton (5 episodes, 1994)
Rachael Maza ...
 Leila Sutton (5 episodes, 1994)
 Shorty Carmichael (5 episodes, 1994)
Auriel Andrew ...
 Vi Murray (4 episodes, 1994)
Lillian Crombie ...
 Mary Dyer (4 episodes, 1994)
 Robert Sutton (4 episodes, 1994)
David Ngoombujarra ...
 Mujadi Burunga (4 episodes, 1994)
Lisa Kinchela ...
 Sally Dyer (3 episodes, 1994)
Scott Lowe ...
 Patrick (3 episodes, 1994)
Amy Miller-Porter ...
 Carly Sutton (3 episodes, 1994)
Nicholas Papademetriou ...
 Harry Bradshaw (3 episodes, 1994)
 Clarrie Carmichael (3 episodes, 1994)
Steven Albert ...
 Bowler (2 episodes, 1994)
Dwayne Buchanan ...
 Toddler Sutton (2 episodes, 1994)
Marjorie Child ...
 Eileen (2 episodes, 1994)
 Ben Lovell (2 episodes, 1994)
 Dennis (2 episodes, 1994)
Trevor Jamieson ...
 Nobby (2 episodes, 1994)
Josie Lawford ...
 Bronwyn (2 episodes, 1994)
Kyle Morrison ...
 Oberon (2 episodes, 1994)
Franklyn Nannup ...
 Joshua (2 episodes, 1994)
Lynley Narkle ...
 Rachel (2 episodes, 1994)
Jie Pitman ...
 Flint Baker (2 episodes, 1994)
Andrea Ryan ...
 Newborn Baby (2 episodes, 1994)
John Sheerin ...
 John Thompson (2 episodes, 1994)
Judith Wilkes ...
 Mum Burrunga (2 episodes, 1994)
Sharon Wilkes ...
 Fleur (2 episodes, 1994)


Heartland was an Australian television drama series that ran on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1994. It ran for thirteen episodes and starred Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo. The show was also known as Burned Bridge in some countries. Plot summary Heartland deals with the mystery surrounding the death of an Aboriginal girl and the doubts concerning the guilt of her boyfriend, who is arrested for her murder. It is also a love story between two of the people convinced of his innocence. Their growing relationship must survive hostility from both the white and black communities and the obstacles of their different backgrounds, attitudes and cultures. Set in a small coastal town against the turmoils of murder, mystery and romance, Heartland follows the people from this seaside community and their battle to restructure their own way of life. Their struggle to restore their self-esteem towards a positive future, despite the obstacles in their path. Other plot elements revolve ...

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Entering Lives
8 December 2005 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I'm of the school that the real meat of movies is in their structure, in how they insert themselves into our lives. And that has little to do with what people normally associated with movies: the actors. Very few actors are interesting in any way, and often they actually fight what the filmmaker intends, if she is interesting.

I have only a few actors I can respect. One of them is Cate Blanchett. This is her first project and is worth watching just because of that.

She just seems to understand how narrative is folded, so can support the intent of what the deeper texture of the film is. This has nothing to do with character and emotion and all that normal stuff, and it seems to be unique to the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art, where she studied.

The sum of that introduction is that if you, dear reader, are entering a life in film as a sensitive watcher, you need to study how successful entries were done. If one of your admired actors is Cate, this is where you will end up.

The project itself is pure drek, designed to sell beer or whatever else Australians buy. It plays with their national shame about race and predictably goes way too far. Movies cannot help themselves now: all indigenous people are noble deep down. So the setting here is something of a cross between "Song of the South," with an embarrassing Uncle Remus character, and "Whale Runner," which assumes native superstitions are somehow different than European ones in nobility— more real.

The plot is unremarkable, grinding away with all the normal TeeVee fare, parceled out with one disclosure per episode. It has absolutely nothing to recommend it but Cate.

Ah, but what a Cate! This was before she got into the Hollywood habit of body toning. And before she learned to carry her body expressively. But she already is transcendent in how she presses expressions through her face into our souls. This is a woman dedicated to reaching us and you can see it even here.

Its so odd, that strange face projecting such angelic appeal.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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