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

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23 March 1994 (Australia) See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Burning Bridges...And Building New Ones

This story centers around a black community in Australia and particularly Vincent (played by Ernie Dingo) who works for the local police department as a liaison officer and Beth (played by Cate Blanchett) who moves into the community with the intention of fixing up and selling her late grandfather's house. As Beth becomes more involved in the community, she develops relationships that are more important to her than she would have though possible. Throughout the many important events played out in the series (divorce, murder, traditions, newfound relatives, friendship, and love) a theme of awareness about strained relationships and inequalities between white and black people living in Australia is ever present as the characters face hardships and burn the bridges of their pasts.

Ernie Dingo has an instant charm that shines through in this miniseries. Cate Blanchett has been called a human chameleon with the face of an angel, but her hearty laugh and incredibly endearing child-like quality shows through in everything she does. All of the actors in this series are very impressive and easily make the viewer want to invest themselves in the characters' fates. The story plays out like a good book, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good story as well as a challenge to think outside their own "boxes" to see a different view.


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