1 December 2011
| 7.3/10 |
What Do I Do
14 July 2011
| Todd Lasance
Ella Scott Lynch
Indiana Evans, Marta Dusseldorp, Todd Lasance, Ella Scott Lynch, Hamish Michael
Crownies is an Australian television drama series which was originally broadcast on ABC1 from 14 July until 1 December 2011. The series revolves around a group of solicitors fresh from law school, working with Crown Prosecutors, who are the public prosecutors in the legal system of Australia, working for the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
ABC1 ordered Crownies for a twenty-two episode run and it was produced by Karl Zwicky. It was the first long-form drama format to be commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation since 2005's MDA. Filming began in January 2011. The location chosen for filming was Sydney, New South Wales. Many scenes were filmed in the business district Parramatta, more predominantly around the Parramatta Justice Precinct for the low financial cost and its accessibility. Alongside the Parramatta river shops, churches and streets were used for location shoots. Every twelve days a Brazilian restaurant located on Church Street would be converted into the set of "Gar's Bar", which served as the "legal hangout" for the characters. To cut costs, scenes requiring countryside settings were filmed a mere fifteen-minute drive away from Parramatta. The series finished filming in September 2011.
It is written by Greg Haddrick, Jane Allen, Kylie Needham, Tamara Asmar, Blake Ayshford, Chris Hawkshaw, Justine Gillmer, Pete McTighe, Stuart Page & Sam Miekle. It is directed by Tony Tilse, Chris Noonan, Cherie Nowlan, Grant Brown, Lynn Hegarty, Garth Maxwell and Jet Wilkinson.
On 24 January 2011, Greg Hassall from The Sydney Morning Herald announced the casting of Todd Lasance, Hamish Michael, Marta Dusseldorp and Jerome Ehlers.Todd Lasance as Ben McMahon
Hamish Michael as Richard Stirling
Ella Scott Lynch as Erin O'Shaughnessy
Andrea Demetriades as Lina Badir
Marta Dusseldorp as Janet King
Indiana Evans as Tatum Novak
Peter Kowitz as Tony Gillies
Jeanette Cronin as Tracey Samuels
Lewis Fitz-Gerald as David Sinclair QC
Jerome Ehlers as Rhys Kowalski
Chantelle Jamieson as Julie Rousseau
Christopher Morris as Andy Campbell
Daniel Lissing as Conrad De Groot
Marcus Graham as Danny Novak
Aimee Pedersen as Ashleigh Larsson
Ritchie Singer as The Honourable Mr Justice Rosenberg
Paul Moxey as Harry
Petra Yared as Paula Corvini
Before the series finale of Crownies had broadcast, ABC1 Channel Controller Brendan Dahill revealed that he sought the creation of a spin-off and singled out Dusseldorp and Michael for their portrayals. He believed that there were many successful aspects of Crownies to build on and expressed his surprise that the show was not as popular as he had envisioned. On 20 August 2012, ABC TV confirmed that it had commissioned an "8-part legal and political thriller" titled Janet King. The spin-off went into production in early 2013 and featured various cast members from Crownies. The first episode aired on 27 February 2014.
Crownies was initially released on region 4 DVD in two separate parts. The first eleven episodes were released on 6 October 2011. The remaining episodes were released on 1 December 2011. The two box-sets were later released for region 2.
Doug Anderson from The Sydney Morning Herald liked the show for cast, "fresh" writing and good relationship between character. He believed anyone with intelligence could relate to the show. He praised the character of Tatum Novak for being the modern girl and branded the rest as fairly conventional characters, with personal issues blended in with cases. But his colleague Craig Mathieson criticised the show stating "The show is struggling to find an even tone and at various times it's flirtatiously sexy, coolly cynical and blazingly emotional. The problem is that these diverse moods jarringly occur one after the other. It's somewhat messy."