SBS has commissioned a new crime drama series to be set in Darwin, featuring the character of ‘Detective Dusty Buchanon’ from Phillip Gwynne’s novel “The Build Up.”
Dusty will be a 13 part series to be produced by TMG Media, headed up by Michael Lawrence (who was a producer on Bra Boys) and Glenys Rowe (producer, Feeling Sexy).
“What a joy it is to find an audacious new approach to drama,” said SBS’s Director of Content ‐ Television and Online, Matt Campbell. “In these tough economic times SBS is proud to be able to support writers and producers who want to make something truly innovative.
“Dusty will not just be your average crime‐a‐week Aussie series, but something that makes audiences realise just how compelling television can be. The series is the perfect example of what talented people working closely with a forward thinking and engaged network like SBS can achieve. I am tremendously excited by it.”
Writer Phillip Gwynne, who also penned Australian Rules said: “This is a wonderful chance to make something that is both epic and intimate, to showcase the extraordinary landscape, history and people of the Top End.”
Glenys Rowe said: “Thus far we have Academy nominated Chris Noonan to direct, with Phillip Gwynne heading up a writing team that will include a major journalist as well as name screenwriters from both the UK and US. We intend to make a series that will change the way audiences think about television. It’s a cracking yarn.”
Gwynne has been contracted by Pan MacMillan to write another two novels in the Dusty series.