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Heartland (1994–1994)

TV Mini-series | 50 min | Drama

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 ...See moreHeartland 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. 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 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. Into this mix is the local police officer Phil McCarthy who seeks Ashton's affections whilst being hostile to her friendship with Burunga, not just as a rival suitor, but because of racial prejudice. See less
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Cate Blanchett
Elizabeth Ashton Elizabeth Ashton   See fewer
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Ernie Dingo
Vincent Burunga Vincent Burunga   See fewer
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Paul Caesar
Macka Hargreaves Macka Hargreaves   See fewer
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Bob Maza
Alf Dyer Alf Dyer   See fewer
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Wesley Patten
Chris Dyer Chris Dyer   See fewer
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Justine Saunders
Millie Carmichael Millie Carmichael   See fewer
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Steven Vidler
Phil McCarthy Phil McCarthy   See fewer
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Bradley Byquar
Ricky Dyer Ricky Dyer   See fewer
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Luke Carroll
Jason Sutton Jason Sutton   See fewer
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Rachael Maza
Leila Sutton Leila Sutton   See fewer
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Kevin Smith
Shorty Carmichael Shorty Carmichael   See fewer
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Auriel Andrew
Vi Murray Vi Murray   See fewer
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Lillian Crombie
Mary Dyer Mary Dyer   See fewer
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David Kennedy
Robert Sutton Robert Sutton   See fewer
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David Ngoombujarra
Mujadi Burunga Mujadi Burunga   See fewer
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Lisa Kinchela
Sally Dyer Sally Dyer   See fewer
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Scott Lowe
Patrick Patrick   See fewer
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Amy Miller-Porter
Carly Sutton Carly Sutton   See fewer
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Nicholas Papademetriou
Harry Bradshaw Harry Bradshaw   See fewer
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Aaron Pedersen
Clarrie Carmichael Clarrie Carmichael   See fewer
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Steven Albert
Bowler Bowler   See fewer
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Dwayne Buchanan
Toddler Sutton Toddler Sutton   See fewer
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Shane Connor
Ben Lovell Ben Lovell   See fewer
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Josie Lawford
Bronwyn Bronwyn   See fewer
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Kyle Morrison
Oberon Oberon   See fewer
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Lynley Narkle
Rachel Rachel   See fewer
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Jie Pitman
Flint Baker Flint Baker   See fewer
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Andrea Ryan
Newborn Baby Newborn Baby   See fewer
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John Sheerin
John Thompson John Thompson   See fewer
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Judith Wilkes
Mum Burrunga Mum Burrunga   See fewer
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Danielle Carter
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Beth Champion
Lucy Mitchell Lucy Mitchell   See fewer
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Melissa Jaffer
Meredith Lovell Meredith Lovell   See fewer
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David Kaff
Steve Purcell Steve Purcell   See fewer
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Geneviève Lemon
Fiona Lovell Fiona Lovell   See fewer
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Kylie Russell
Wilga Carmichael Wilga Carmichael   See fewer
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Auriel Andrews
Vi Murray Vi Murray   See fewer
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Phil Meacham
Constable Constable   See fewer
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Jeremy Sims
Garth Madden Garth Madden   See fewer
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Lydia Miller
Nerida Watson Nerida Watson   See fewer
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Shelley Shelley   See fewer
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Dionne Dionne   See fewer
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Robert Alexander
Prof. Last Prof. Last   See fewer
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David Wenham
Warwick Bone Warwick Bone   See fewer
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Tony Barry
Prison Officer Prison Officer   See fewer
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Kerry Walker
Sylvia Sylvia   See fewer
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Lennie Lennie   See fewer
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Dr. Nguyen Dr. Nguyen   See fewer
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Patrick Patrick   See fewer
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7.8 / 10 | 94 votes