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#75 Interview with renowned Australian actor and writer Ian Meadows

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Over the last two years, as part of the Endemolshine Australia team, Ian Meadows has been the writer, co-creator and co-producer of 'RFDS' the TV drama that has been filmed and aired on Channel 7 (and now available on-demand on 7Plus). The 'RFDS' show has been aired to broad audiences across Australia and to some 14 countries overseas.

Ian has never been personally transported by the RFDS, but as a result of his work he has become intimately involved with our work across the country, so through the TV scripts he can highlight the challenges for those that live, work and travel in rural and remote Australia. He has been instrumental in making sure that the RFDS TV drama is authentic to the Service, genuine in its depiction of staff and patients and communities, and also entertaining. 

Ian Meadows has a long line of credits: Netflix's Clickbait, The Wrong Girl, True Story, Dead Lucky, ABC's 8MMM, The Moodys, A Moody Christmas, Rake, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, the HBO series The Pacific, and the film Killing Ground.

TV writing credits include RFDS, as well as the SBS series ‘On The Ropes’, Foxtel's ‘Upright, Spirited and Slide’, Channel 10's ‘The Wrong Girl’ as well as ‘Off’Spring, and ABC's ‘The Moodys’.

Ian adapted and directed ‘Defender’, a segment of Tim Winton's The Turning, which was produced by Robert Connolly and was AACTA nominated for best direction. He co-wrote and acted in the AFI award nominated short ‘Water’, and wrote and directed the Sydney Film Festival selected short film ‘A Parachute Falling in Siberia’ which won an Australian Writers Guild Award and received an AFI award nomination.

And then of course his play ‘Between Two Waves’ premiered at Griffin Theatre Company in 2012 where Ian was a member of the inaugural Griffin Studio. It was awarded Belvoir Theatre Company's 2013 Phillip Parsons Fellowship.


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