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Heartland (Australian TV series)

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Also known as  'Burned Bridge'
Country of origin  Australia
First episode date  23 March 1994
Number of seasons  1
7.7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Original language(s)  English
Final episode date  1 June 1994
Number of episodes  13
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Written by  John CundillErnie Dingo
Directed by  Paul FaintScott Hartford-DavisKate Woods
Network  Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Cast  Cate Blanchett, Ernie Dingo, Justine Saunders, Jeremy Sims, Kevin Smith
Similar  Basically Black, Yamba's Playtime, Double Trouble, The Circuit, 8MMM Aboriginal Radio

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Heartland was an Australian television drama series that ran on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1994. It ran for thirteen episodes and starred Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo. The show was also known as Burned Bridge in some countries.


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Plot summary

Heartland deals with the mystery surrounding the death of an Aboriginal girl and the doubts concerning the guilt of her boyfriend, who is arrested for her murder. It is also a love story between two of the people convinced of his innocence — their growing relationship must survive hostility from both the white and black communities and the obstacles of their different backgrounds, attitudes and cultures. Set in a small coastal town against the turmoils of murder, mystery and romance, Heartland follows the people from this seaside community and their battle to restructure their own way of life. Their struggle to restore their self-esteem towards a positive future, despite the obstacles in their path.

Other plot elements revolve around the character of Elizabeth Ashton (Blanchett), a writer arriving in a small coastal community. A degree of suspicion exists towards the newcomer who is ignorant of any underlying racial tensions. This naivety allows her to more easily befriend local Aborigine Vincent Burunga (Dingo). Into this mix is the local police officer Phil McCarthy (Steven Vidler) who seeks Ashton's affections whilst being hostile to her friendship with Burunga, not just as a rival suitor, but because of racial prejudice.


  • Ernie Dingo as Vincent Burunga
  • Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth Ashton
  • Justine Saunders as Millie Carmichael
  • Bob Maza as Alf Dyer
  • Steven Vidler as Phil McCarthy
  • Shane Connor as Ben Lovell
  • David Ngoombujarra as Mujadi Burunga
  • Jeremy Sims as Garth Maddern
  • Paul Caesar as Macka Hargraves
  • Bradley Byguar as Ricky Dyer
  • Wes Patten as Chris Dyer
  • Rachael Maza as Leila Sutton
  • David Kennedy as Robert Sutton
  • Accolades

  • 1994 — Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission TV Drama Award presented to executive producers Penny Chapman and Bruce West
  • References

    Heartland (Australian TV series) Wikipedia