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Pine Gap Review 2018 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Review: Just finished the first series. Really strong production values across the board, except the musical score which works well but is mainly underscoring background music rather than feature music. Script is intelligent while not being overly hard to follow, and there is a good balance between information the audience needs to retain for the story-details to make sense. The script is not overly dense with hard-to-follow information, but neither does it assume the audience have shut their brains down into unthinking mode thereby needing every little detail explained over and over.
Cast are well chosen for the main part, some characters develop a lot more slowly over time, but are done with some intelligence by the director and producers. There is sometimes a little too much emphasis on side-ways glances and surreptitious looks and reactions, done sometimes to distract, sometimes to raise suspicion, sometimes to direct our attention (all normal), but does sometimes lack a little subtlety in the directorial execution. My assumption this is done for the sake of an international audience.
Plot is engaging, has enough intrigue to build interest, contains a complexity that is allowed to unfold over time that requires a little patience (which gets rewarded), maintains a pace that doesn’t quite keep you on the edge of the seat, but nor does it set out or pretend to try and be people swinging from exploding buildings or planes at 20,000 feet.
Finally, a comment to the few reviewers claiming “anti-american” script, I would recommend watching more than the first opening scenes. This is a story, entertainment, all based around espionage and intrigue. Chinese are keeping secrets, Aussies are keeping secrets, the Yanks are keeping secrets, heck – everyone is keeping secrets from everyone. The plot revolves around exploring 4 concepts – Money, Ideology, Coercion and Ego. It’s not even CLOSE to being anti-American, but it also does not paint America as the untainted hero to the world. Surprise surprise, NSA, CIA etc have done some questionable things at different times in history. Whoopdy frikkin’ doo. Welcome to Earth.
New 6 part drama Pine Gap will premiere on Sunday 14th October with a double episode followed by all episodes available to binge immediately after on ABC iview.
The Screentime production, made for both ABC and Netflix, set around the secretive joint defence facility in the Northern Territory, stars Parker Sawyers, Jacqueline McKenzie, Tess Haubrich, Stephen Curry, Steve Toussaint, Mark Leonard Winter and Sachin Joab.
They are joined by Kelton Pell, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Madeleine Madden, Alice Keohavong, Edwina Wren, Jason Chong and Simone Kessell.
It will have its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival on October 11 and screen internationally through Netflix.
Pine Gap explores the famously strong alliance between Australia and the United States.
But the relationship between the Australian and American intelligence analysts working at Pine Gap isn’t always rosy. Simmering beneath the surface are flashpoints of personality, culture and politics that questions what do you do for your country, what do you do for those you love and what do you do for yourself?
With a new global player encroaching, placing decades of stability under threat, matters of trust, betrayal, love and loyalty will all come into question, and a shocking secret revealed will change everything, pushing the world to the brink of war.