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STEVE KNAPMAN
 
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Steve began his career working with Peter Weir on PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK and George Miller on MAD MAX II/THE ROAD WARRIOR..

By 1986, he moved into television producing his first mini-series, FIELDS OF FIRE, for Zenith Productions and ITV, followed by, THE RAINBOW WARRIOR CONSPIRACY, starring Brad Davis and Jack Thompson, and in 1991/92 THE LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL. Broadcast throughout Australia by the ABC in July 1992, it outrated all other networks over the two nights and with over 2.1 million viewers was the top rating ABC program for the year, and by the year's end, was the top rating Australian mini-series for 1992. BBC 1 broadcast the series in England in July 1993 to over 15 million viewers.

THE LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL won the gold medal for Best Mini-series and the silver for Best Design at the New York Festival, three TV Week Logie Awards, the Grand Award in Terni at the Umbriafiction TV Festival in Italy and two Australian Film Institute Awards.

Steve then produced BORDERTOWN, a ten hour mini-series for the ABC starring Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, before moving on to produce the 60 hour television series, WILDSIDE.

WILDSIDE received four TV Week Logie Awards, as well as seven AFI Awards.

From 2001 to 2003 Steve produced the telemovie and series WHITE COLLAR BLUE for Network Ten.  The series enjoyed  a regular viewing audience in Australia of a million people and continues  to sell internationally through its distributor, Granada.   In 2003, Peter O'Brien received the  TV Week Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor. A clear endorsement  of detective Joe Hill as an appealing working class hero. And in 2004, WHITE COLLAR BLUE  was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Television Drama Series.

In 2007 Steve created and produced the miniseries, EAST WEST 101, for SBS Independent, which won 5 Awgie Awards for Best Screenplays, as well, the 2008 AFI Award for Best Miniseries.  It proved such a success for SBS that another 7 part Season was immediately commissioned for broadcast in September 2009, bringing the total number of episodes to 13. In 2009 Season 2 received 3 AFI Awards for Best Television Series, Best Direction and Best Lead Actress, Susie Porter. In 2010 Season 2 also received 2 TV Week Logie Awards for Most Outstanding Miniseries and Most Outstanding Actor, Don Hany, as well as the World Gold Medal for Miniseries at the New York International Film and Television Awards.SBS commissioned a third season of EAST WEST 101 which was broadcast in 2011, receiving widespread critical acclaim and bringing the total number of episodes to 20.

In 2012 Season 3 - The Heroes' Journey received the Inaugural AACTA Award for Best Television Drama Series.  EAST WEST 101 was awarded the AFI/AACTA Award for each of the three seasons - an unprecedented acclaim.  It also won the Intermedia Globe Award in Hamburg, as well, Season 3 won the Accolade Award of Excellence in Los Angeles, the Bronze World Medal New York Television Festival and the Australian Equity Awards Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series.

Clips from some of the shows can be seen at Australian Screen

 

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