The story of Sunshine follows the life of Jacob, a young, aspiring South Sudanese-Australian basketball player who is on the cusp of being picked up by US scouts for the US College league.




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Series cast summary:
Anthony LaPaglia ...  Eddie 4 episodes, 2017
Melanie Lynskey ...  Zara Skelton 4 episodes, 2017
Wally Elnour Wally Elnour ...  Jacob Garang 4 episodes, 2017
Ror Da Poet Ror Da Poet ...  Deng Deng 4 episodes, 2017
Autiak Aweteek Autiak Aweteek ...  Santino Dut 4 episodes, 2017
Nick Perry Nick Perry ...  Dazzler 4 episodes, 2017
Ana Boal Ana Boal ...  Mari Garang 4 episodes, 2017
Jufia Ajobong Jufia Ajobong ...  Grace Garang 4 episodes, 2017
Tiarnie Coupland ...  Elly Messina 4 episodes, 2017
Kim Gyngell ...  Rev. Neil 'The Peacock' Skelton 4 episodes, 2017
Nyandeng Makuer Nyandeng Makuer ...  Alek Deng 4 episodes, 2017
Kor Puoc Kor Puoc ...  Manute Deng 4 episodes, 2017
Paul Ireland ...  Det. Snr. Sgt. Ian Sloane 4 episodes, 2017
Leah Vandenberg ...  Det. Snr. Constable Jaya Prasad 4 episodes, 2017
Piath Mathiang Piath Mathiang ...  Nyagua Nyawan 4 episodes, 2017
Vince Colosimo ...  Tony Messina 4 episodes, 2017
Freya Stafford ...  Freya Messina 4 episodes, 2017
Kyle Eliott Kyle Eliott ...  Vlad Cilic 4 episodes, 2017
Emmanuel Martin Malou Emmanuel Martin Malou ...  Lam Bol / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Zhong Duo Xia Zhong Duo Xia ...  Mike Wong 4 episodes, 2017
Arec Athum Arec Athum ...  Ayei 4 episodes, 2017
Anyuop Dau Anyuop Dau ...  Darna 4 episodes, 2017
Ben Klarenaar Ben Klarenaar ...  Larry Grattan 4 episodes, 2017
Alex Cooke ...  Young Constable 4 episodes, 2017
Jane Bayly Jane Bayly ...  Pat Skelton 3 episodes, 2017
Rupert Reid ...  Ben Canny 3 episodes, 2017
Trudy Hellier ...  Jackie Grattan 3 episodes, 2017
Tethloach Ruey Tethloach Ruey ...  Ruai Nyawan 3 episodes, 2017
Maggie Naouri Maggie Naouri ...  Rima Saad 3 episodes, 2017
Bernard Curry ...  Dean Simic 2 episodes, 2017
Joe Hooks Joe Hooks ...  Carlyle Jones 2 episodes, 2017
Bev Killick Bev Killick ...  Bev (stadium official) 2 episodes, 2017
Dinesh Mathew Dinesh Mathew ...  Karim 2 episodes, 2017
Rory Bochner Rory Bochner ...  Mia Canny 2 episodes, 2017
Peter Hitchener Peter Hitchener ...  Newsreader 2 episodes, 2017
Gloria Ajenstat Gloria Ajenstat ...  Doctor 2 episodes, 2017


The story of Sunshine follows the life of Jacob, a young, aspiring South Sudanese-Australian basketball player who is on the cusp of being picked up by US scouts for the US College league. Jacob's team is not up to his standard and so he angles to bring in a better coach. His choice is Eddie, a local guy in his 50's, who once played for a US college team, but has long since retired and operates a small sports store in Sunshine, a suburb in the west of Melbourne. Almost against his best instincts, he accepts an approach by Jacob to coach his under performing team, The Sunshine Kings. In the midst of aspiring to win at all costs, Jacob finds himself answering to Sunshine-raised lawyer Zara Skelton when he is caught up in a police investigation involving a teenage girl from one of Melbourne's affluent suburbs. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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Release Date:

18 October 2017 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunshine Kings See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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16:9 HD
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An excellent, realistic story of ordinary Australia
29 October 2017 | by pavement-91487See all my reviews

Sunshine is the kind of TV that rarely comes along in Australia. It takes a very common goal among the South-Sudanese-Australian community in Melbourne in making it big in basketball and turns it into a very effective, engaging, and emotional story, one that includes and humanises just about everyone, whether black, white, immigrant, Australian-born, etc. It will have you feeling sorry for both criminals and racists, and I'm not saying that negatively. It embraces and showcases both the good and bad things about all of its characters, all of which are grounded heavily in reality.

The absolute best performance you will ever see from Anthony LaPaglia and decent performances from the new South-Sudanese actors. The only glaring problem is that some of the auxiliary South- Sudanese characters are very clearly just random people from the community, and their acting shows it.

That said, all of the acting is good enough that it doesn't take away from the overall strength of the production. The lead actor, Wally Elnour, is not the best of the three Sudanese leads (I'd say Deng was the best), but his work is adequate and I hope to see him develop more in the future.

Highly recommend this series and I hope to see more like this from SBS in the future; every suburb has its own tale to tell.

Additionally, I especially recommend this series to foreigners who would like a realistic depiction of what Australian urban life can be like.

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