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ABC series The Straits begins production

13 June 2011 6:22 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

ABC1's new 10-part one-hour drama series, The Straits, has started production in Cairns and the Torres Strait Islands. The crime drama series stars Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, Troy) as Harry Montebello, the head of a family of smugglers, which transports drugs into Australia and guns and exotic wildlife out, making use of ties of blood and loyalty in the Torres Strait Islands. When Harry starts to plan his succession he sparks a vicious family power struggle, forcing the family to hold together through torture, assassination and imprisonment. The Straits is produced by Matchbox Pictures. Penny Chapman and Helen Panckhurst, who were the team behind the Torres Strait-set TV series Ran: Remote Area Nurse. .We have assembled »

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Penny Chapman: A Lifetime of Achievement

28 April 2011 5:22 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Producer Penny Chapman likes to keep busy. The fruit of her diligence is a prolific, 25-year career in film and television that includes the likes of Brides of Christ, Blue Murder, Ran: Remote Area Nurse and the AFI Award-nominated children.s drama My Place. .A lot of them looked at our cultural history, and tell us something really intriguing about it,. Chapman observes of these highlights from her stellar career. .I am drawn to history, to anything that explores where we.ve come from and helps explain where we are.. In November, Chapman won the inaugural If Award for Contribution to Television, coming in ahead of the likes of Andrew Denton, Rob Sitch and Kim Williams. Not bad for a woman who, as a political science honours student half a lifetime »

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