On 20th of October 2014, 150 people attended the Homicide – 50th Anniversary commemoration event, which was held at RMIT University.
In 1964 on October 20, the first episode of Australian crime drama Homicide was shown on television. Homicide, produced by Crawford Productions, holds a very special place in Australian television history as its success ushered in a new era of Australian drama television. Crawford Productions went on to become one of Australia’s largest independent producers of television programs, with many of its cast and crew having long and prominent careers in the television and film industries.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Homicide episode, the AFI Research Collection and the School of Media and Communication hosted a discussion panel followed by a Q & A on the legacy of Homicide and Crawford Productions.
The Speakers were:
Ian Crawford (Producer/Executive Producer), John Jacob (sound/Associate Producer/Director), Michael Harvey (writer), Leslie Dayman (an actor who played a detective 1966 -68), Professor Jock Given (Swinburne University), Andrew Nette (2014 AFIRC Research Fellowship winner and crime writer). The panel was introduced and chaired by Associate Professor Lisa French (RMIT University).
Those at the seminar included former Victorian Premier John Cain, who reminded the audience of Hector Crawford’s enormous contribution as an advocate for Australian content, and actor Sigrid Thornton who had her first acting job for Crawfords at age 13.
The AFI Research Collection thanks: the participants; Mark Poole for filming the event; Lisa French for her support and organisational skills in putting the event together.