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Marking Time (2003)

The two-part mini-series is a "Romeo and Juliet" story set in a rural Australian town. MARKING TIME traces Hal's journey from boy to man over the period of one year. At the outset, the town... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Fleming
Geoff Fleming
Elena Carapetis ...
Bullet Sheather
Shane Sheather
Scott Swalwell ...
Lech Mackiewicz ...
Graeme Blundell ...
Ralph Dare
Scott Seaton
Brian Meegan ...
Ross Ferguson
Matthew Lilley ...
Todd Paynter
Barbara Morton ...
Marie Stockard


The two-part mini-series is a "Romeo and Juliet" story set in a rural Australian town. MARKING TIME traces Hal's journey from boy to man over the period of one year. At the outset, the town and the country are intoxicated with the spirit of the Olympics, and the Centenary of Federation. Hal gets his licence, first car, the right to drink, the right to vote, and falls in love with Randa, a young Afghani refugee. But there is a shifting of consciousness in the town and the nation about refugees, border protection and their place in the world. Hal's heart is broken when he realises that his town is one in which he no longer belongs. Written by Anonymous

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Marking Time is the coming of age of a boy and a nation





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WOW! This is what TV is for
23 September 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This show is being repeated in Sydney at this time and being from a small country town in Western NSW out near Bourke (about 8-10 hours drive from Sydney out back as we call it) for a lot of my life i can see all the characters in this show in a lot of the kids i went to school with and grew up with. This show has resonated with me a lot due to this and the fact that my Dad was ex ADF and served with the Army 1953 - 1983. He always taught me to NEVER judge a person or a subject in a negative way (much like Geoff Morrell does in the show to his own son) except my Dad NEVER played guitar!!)and never to trust what the media feeds to you. I can remember going to work and seeing on the train in the morning on the papers about it happening (9-11). I lost a mate in it from the Cronulla area of Sydney but do you know what strikes me the most - even now as i type this tonight.

The Muslim Population was so SCARED of us that not one (2 at where i work called in sick) of them were on the streets of downtown Sydney's main street. It still sticks with me. I feel ashamed that people who had every right to feel safe were not able to. Like the hero in this show i wonder where Terrisom and Racism came from pre 9-11. But my family left Ireland in the 1920s to escape terrorism so in a way i am a refugee too.

Sorry for the ramble this show just made me think a lot and isn't that what GOOD TV should do! Make you think, question and wonder as much as entertain you? I missed this first time round i wish i had'nt. If it becomes available overseas WATCH IT. Its a good example of whats good in Australia and also whats not Good. I would rate this with the BBC Warriors for pure entertainment and also thought provoking. As warriors made me re evaluate the Bosnia etc debacle it also made me see the racist idiots that beat their chest and wave their flag and say 'were representing Australia'. Well guess what! YOUR not representing my dad or me. And if he was still alive i know he would be mad as hell at whats been going on. So next time you wave the flag think of this am i doing it for all of my country or just the vocal minority that seem to get on the news when they don't deserve to do so. Stephen. Sydney. Australia PS i have 3 friends that i know of overseas right now from Aust and 1 special person going overseas Andi day now. i respect them and i respect their job like my Dad said after Vietnam (3 Years) 'we were professional soldiers its our job. we knew we might have to do it. its part of the job. Jist because we fight does NOT mean we agree with why were their'.

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