The Secret River

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The Secret River




The Secret River is a landmark television mini-series based on Kate Grenville’s Man Booker Prize nominated novel of the same name.

Features a stellar international cast, including Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Emerald City, Mr Selfridge), Tim Minchin (Californication) and AACTA Award-winner Sarah Snook (Steve Jobs, The Dressmaker); a screenplay from two of Australia’s most talented and internationally successful screenwriters, Jan Sardi (Oscar® nominated for Shine) and Mac Gudgeon (Killing Time); and direction by Daina Reid (Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS).

Dramatising the British colonisation of Australia, The Secret River is an epic Australian 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 Thornhill (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and his wife Sal (Sarah Snook), The Secret River raises the question of when two worlds collide, who is wrong and who is right? The dispossession of Indigenous Australians is made comprehensible and ultimately heartbreaking, as Thornhill’s claim over a piece of land by a beautiful river brings his family and neighbours into a fight for survival with its traditional custodians.

Available in French


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