December 12, 2013 – Itʼs been a glittering year for December Media with three of the companyʼs flagship productions receiving high recognition.
December Mediaʼs acclaimed mini-series Mrs Biggs has received eight AACTA nominations, The Doctor Blake Mysteries was the ABCs highest rating program of all ABC shows for 2013 at 1.9 million viewers on average each week and its film 3D Hidden Universe is currently two at the box office for Australian films on the basis of audience per screen.
And to top it off, it seems that the UK audiences can’t get enough of the good Doctor Blake, starring Craig McLachlan. The series telecasts on BBC1 at 2.15pm Mondays with more than 1 million viewers. Reviews in the UK have unanimously praised the show. The Australian drama series set a precedent recently as the first ABC commissioned television drama series to be telecast on the pre-eminent national broadcaster.
The Doctor Blake Mysteries also picked up the APRA award for Best Television Theme (Dale Cornelius) and Carrie Kennedy Adele Flere, Kate Russell & Rob Molnar won the APDG award for Best Design on a TV Drama.
The AACTA Nominations included Best Telefeature or Mini Series; Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama – Sheridan Smith; Best Cinematography in Television; Best Editing in Television; Sound in Television and Best Original Music Score in Television.
December Media CEO Tony Wright said,” Iʼm not expecting Santa to leave us much for being so good this year! Weʼve been reaping rewards aplenty! Everyone at December is really kicking goals. Next year is looking pretty good too.”
Earlier this year December Mediaʼs five-part mini series about the true love story between Charmian and Ronald Biggs, spanning 30 years and three continents, received a BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actress (Sheridan Smith) and Best Mini Series Nomination, BAFTA Television Awards 2013 as well as an International Emmy nomination for Best Leading Actress.
Hidden Universe, released in September this year, is currently number eight at the box office for Australian films with the expectation it will end up the year in second or third position after The Great Gatsby. The 3D film has released on 22 screens worldwide.
The Doctor Blake Mysteries (Series Two) wrapped last week after a successful five months shooting in the gothic town of Ballarat 115km north west of Melbourne. The 10-part series set in the late 1950s, stars Craig McLachlan as the intriguing Dr Lucien Blake. Nadine Garner plays housekeeper Jean Beazley, Cate Wolfe is the district nurse Mattie OʼBrien and Joel Tobeck the tenacious Chief Superintendent Matthew Lawson.