Next month marks the 30th anniversary of Prisoner airing on the O-TEN Network.
The iconic television soap hit the airwaves on February 27th 1979, a milestone that will be marked with a reunion and party on the hallowed grounds of Wentworth Detention Centre, hosted by Val Lehman (Bea Smith) on Sunday February 22nd.
And Prisoner will also feature in a unique event at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne next month when it celebrates the career of actress Jude Kuring.
Kuring, played the infamous role of thug Noeline Bourke in the late 1970s.
Having first performed with the Pram Factory theatre, she first appeared in Homicide in 1971.
But it was her role as Bourke, largely portrayed as a lower class thief and the head of a small family of petty thieves, that was so memorable. Her character was introduced to the series as an inmate emerging to fight Monica Ferguson (Lesley Baker) for position of “top dog” while Bea Smith (Val Lehman) was recovering in hospital.
Kuring also starred in movies such as The Singer and the Dancer, Journey Among Women and The Journalist. In 1980 she was nominated for an AFI Award for her role in the movie Maybe This Time.
After guest appearing on Waterloo Station in 1983, Kuring subsequently moved away from acting but returned to her former career in 2003 to play a prominent role in the short film Prisoner Queen, which centred around an obsessed fan of Prisoner.
ACMI will screen an episode of Prisoner plus the pilot episode of community TV’s Buck House (1995, 22 mins), billed as the world’s first gay and lesbian sitcom as a free event at 2pm Saturday February 14th.