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Written by
Deb Cox Roger Monk

First episode date
30 March 2008


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Theme music composer
Greg J. Walker

Final episode date
5 September 2009

Number of seasons

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Directed by
Stuart McDonald Matthew Saville

Richard Roxburgh Susie Porter Tom Long Gia Carides Steve Bisley Liana Cornell Nick Tate Craig Hall

Opening theme
"A Most Peculiar Place"

Richard Roxburgh, Susie Porter, Gia Carides, Tom Long, Steve Bisley

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East of Everything is an Australian drama television series which began screening on 30 March 2008 on the ABC. It is produced by Deb Cox (SeaChange), Fiona Eagger (CrashBurn) and Roger Monk (The Secret Life of Us). Two seasons were produced.


The story initially revolves around Art Watkins (Richard Roxburgh), a globe-trotting travel writer who returns home for his Mum's funeral to a neglected resort town, Broken Bay, on the easternmost point of Australia, where he is challenged by a crooked local council, his brother who is trying to cheat him out of his inheritance, his first love who broke his heart when he was a teenager and the son he hasn't seen in ten years. As the series progresses, the life journeys of additional characters are interwoven, including (in season 2) the unexpected return of Gerry (Nick Tate), estranged father of the Watkins brothers (and original constructor of the resort). The fictional town in which the show is set is loosely based on Byron Bay, New South Wales, where the majority of filming took place, with the distinctive character of the region providing a strong supporting element. According to "The Age" writer Debi Enker, the series creators (Cox and Monk) "see their multi-generational ensemble as characters bruised by life, some seeking refuge, most requiring restoration. Reaching Broken Bay, they have come as far as they can and must turn back to face their demons, confront the problems they have endeavoured to escape." The name "Broken Bay" was chosen as a combination of the names of Byron Bay and Broken Head, the next headland down the coast. In addition to Roxburgh and Tate, the series features a number of other well-known Australian actors including Tom Long, Susie Porter, Gia Carides and Steve Bisley.


  • Richard Roxburgh as Art Watkins
  • Susie Porter as Eve Pritchard
  • Tom Long as Vance Watkins
  • Gia Carides as Melanie Freedman
  • Steve Bisley as Terry Adams
  • Kathryn Beck as Lizzy Dellora
  • Valerie Bader as Bev Flick
  • Craig Stott as Josh Watkins
  • Liana Cornell as Rebecca
  • Imogen Annesley as Suzy Burns
  • Mouche Phillips as Sandy
  • Tom Budge as Dale
  • Damien Garvey as Owen
  • Errol O'Neill as Len
  • Glen Shea as Edgar
  • Fletcher Humphrys as Jai
  • Leah Vandenberg as Lara
  • Tracy Mann as Rosemary de Jong (season 2)
  • Nick Tate as Gerry Watkins (season 2)
  • Craig Hall as Carter Smith (season 2)
  • Season 2

    Detailed plot summaries for all episodes of both series are available here and here.

    Production details

  • Season one had six episodes, with the show airing on Sunday nights at 8.30pm. It premiered on Sunday, 30 March 2008, and the season final aired on Sunday, 4 May 2008.
  • Season two has seven episodes, with the show airing on Saturday nights at 7.30pm. It premiered on Saturday, 25 July 2009. Nick Tate joined the cast for the season.
  • In season one, the town of Byron Bay was mostly used as the real-life analogue of the fictional Broken Bay; for season two, additional locations incorporated into the "Broken Bay" streetscape included other towns with a noted "hippy vibe" in the Northern Rivers region of northern New South Wales, notably Nimbin and Mullumbimby.
  • The run-down, fictional Far Out East resort where much of the action is set was a specially constructed set on the site of the future Byron Beach Resort situated on Belongil Beach, Byron Bay. The inspiration for the "Far Out East" concept was stated to be in part from former backpacker accommodation associated with the old Piggery in Byron Bay.
  • The contribution of the soundtrack (featuring many local and generally less well-known artists) to the story and the sense of place is discussed in an article in "Screen Sound" by Liz Giuffre.
  • DVD and CD releases

    Both seasons were released by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on DVD for home viewing, Series 1 in 2008 and Series 2 in 2009, accompanied by various extras on each 2-disc set, while the soundtracks for both series were also available on CD.


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