The Secret River

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DURATION: 2 x 85' HD, 4 x 45' HD

The Secret River



An epic tragedy in which a good man is compelled by desperation, fear, ambition and love for his family to participate in a crime of inhuman savagery.

Through the deeply personal story of early convict colonists William and Sal Thornhill, The Secret River dramatises the British colonisation of Australia. The dispossession of Indigenous Australians is made comprehensible and ultimately heart-breaking as Thornhill’s claim over a piece of land by a river brings his family and neighbours into a fight for survival with its traditional custodians. Through compelling storytelling and stunning cinematography, The Secret River provides a personal insight into the hidden heart of Australia’s foundation story.

The Secret River is a landmark television miniseries based on Kate Grenville’s, Man Booker Prize nominated bestselling novel of the same name, with a screenplay from two of Australia’s most talented and internationally successful screenwriters Jan Sardi (Oscar® nominated for Shine) and Mac Gudgeon (Killing Time). Directed by Daina Reid (Paper Giants, Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS).

Starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr Selfridge, Raven, Dracula) and Sarah Snook (Not Suitable for Children, Predestination, and the forthcoming Ghosts, The Dressmaker and Steve Jobs) supported by Lachy Hulme, Tim Minchin and Trevor Jamieson.


Daina Reid
Stephen Luby
Jan SardiMac Gudgeon
Ruby Entertainment

Awards / Reviews

Winner Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie: The Secret River - 2016 TV Week Logie Awards
Winner Most Outstanding Supporting Actor: Tim Minchin, The Secret River - 2016 TV Week Logie Awards
Winner Best Production Design in Television: Herbert Pinter for The Secret River Part 1 - 2015 AACTA Award