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The Screen Guide

SUNSHINE is a 4 x 1 hour drama series set in the summer of 2017 in the working class Melbourne suburb of Sunshine. It is in this humble, barren suburb that our South Sudanese protagonist, Jacob Chagai, resides; a star basketballer with dreams of climbing his Biblical namesake’s ladder to heaven: the American National Basketball Association. Running parallel to Jacob’s sporting aspirations and life within Sunshine’s South Sudanese community of Melbourne, is a high stakes criminal investigation. Police are hunting down the perpetrator of a violent assault, which left an underage rich white girl with near-fatal head injuries, in a coma fighting for her life. SUNSHINE is a vibrant, kinetic and compelling hybrid drama that explores a world of contrasts - truth and reconstruction, past and present, hope and heartbreak - felt by those forging a new life in a foreign land.

www.sbs.com.au/guide/program/sunshine

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Cast & Crew & Production Details

Director
Daina Reid
Writers
Matt Cameron  Elise McCredie
Producer
Ian Collie  Sarah Shaw  Anna McLeish
Executive Producers
Sue Masters
Cast
Anthony LaPaglia - Melanie Lynskey - Kim Gyngell - Tiarnie Coupland - Vince Colosimo - Leah Vandenberg - Paul Ireland - Trudy Hellier
Production Completion Date
2017
Genre
Drama
Production Company
Carver Films Pty Ltd  Easy Tiger Productions Pty Ltd
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Screen Australia Supported

  • Production support

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • AWGIE Awards
    (2018)
  • Australian Directors Guild
    (2018)
  • Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts
    (2017)