Award-winning screenwriter Tony Morphett is being remembered for making a massive contribution to film and television over more than half a century.
Mr Morphett, 80, died over the weekend in the Blue Mountains.
Born in Granville in Sydney’s west, he started work as a copy boy at The Daily Telegraph in 1956 and spent 10 years at the ABC.
He went on to create several miniseries, write or co-write 10 feature films, 11 telemovies and hundreds of episodes of Australia’s most popular and iconic TV dramas.
He co-wrote the film The Last Wave with director Peter Weir and was the author of six books.
He was also the force behind much-loved Australian shows including Certain Women, Boney, The Sullivans, Water Rats and Blue Heelers.
In recent years he wrote series one and two of A Place to Call Home and from 2008 to 2010 wrote Packed to the Rafters, both for the Seven Network.
PHOTO: Tony Morphett wrote series one and two of A Place to Call Home. (Supplied: Seven Network)
In an interview about his craft, he described his screenwriting for The Sullivans as “like a couple of Dickens novels strung together because so much happens to the characters”.