Tony Morphett, screenwriter for The Sullivans, dies aged 80 after prolific career

A cast of characters and a manAward-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”.

via Tony Morphett, screenwriter for The Sullivans, dies aged 80 after prolific career – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)