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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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Cherie Nowlan

Writer:

John Doyle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Abe Forsythe ... Hal Fleming
Geoff Morrell ... Geoff Fleming
Elena Carapetis Elena Carapetis ... Gemma
Bojana Novakovic ... Randa
Matthew Le Nevez ... Bullet Sheather
Abbie Cornish ... Tracey
Katie Wall ... Belinda
Gyton Grantley ... Shane Sheather
Scott Swalwell Scott Swalwell ... Jamie
Lech Mackiewicz Lech Mackiewicz ... Hassan
Graeme Blundell ... Ralph Dare
Anthony Simcoe ... Scott Seaton
Brian Meegan ... Ross Ferguson
Matthew Lilley Matthew Lilley ... Todd Paynter
Barbara Morton Barbara Morton ... Marie Stockard
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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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Official Sites:

ABC [Australia]

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2003 (Australia) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Glenn Robbins was offered both roles of Geoff Flemming and Ralph Dare. See more »

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Excellent and realistic
16 September 2006 | by griffithkevinSee all my reviews

The portrayal of youth in small town Australia is spot on. I lived in Manjimup, WA. I recognised the people. The main characters Hal's direct to camera talking would normally annoy me but in this production the actor carries it off. His father conveys the schoolteacher as a loving but serious minded person like so many teachers. His sharing a joint with his son must be familiar to many baby boomers who are now parents of young adults. The only criticism is that Randa is not as dark skinned as most Afghanis probably because the actress is of Yugoslavian background. Anyone who is familiar with small town Australia cannot fail to relate to John Doyle's excellent script.


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