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Vale Director Bill Hughes

07/07/2024 2:50 AM | Anonymous

Vale Director Bill Hughes

Director Bill Hughes’ extraordinary career leaves a lasting legacy in the Australian screen industry. Bill died in Doonan Queensland on April 7th, just weeks before his 80th birthday

We are reaching out on behalf of John Hughes to invite contributions to an obituary for his brother, who was known and admired by many of our members.

Bill’s professional life was extraordinarily prolific; he made an incredible contribution to the history of Australian television in particular. From Crawfords (HOMICIDE) in the 1960s through to producing and directing TV into the early 21st century. He won numerous AFI, AACTA and Logie Awards for shows he produced and directed. Bill produced PHOENIX, JANUS, CHANGI and A FORTUNATE LIFE, THE FARM and JACKAROO. Bill produced THE INTERVIEW (Craig Monahan 1998).

Over five decades, he directed episodes of nearly every notable TV miniseries and serial, including A COUNTRY PRACTICE,THE FLYING DOCTORS, THE SULLIVANS, HOME AND AWAY (30 episodes), WINNERS AND LOSERS, ALL SAINTS (Producer Director) and COP SHOP. He produced PACKED TO THE RAFTERS (Series 6),  McLEOD’s Daughters, among others.

Bill was highly regarded throughout the industry with a ‘maverick’ reputation for very high standards and exacting work. Sadly, the people who might write about Bill’s contribution first hand like Michael Carson, Robert Casswell, Alison Nisselle or Jill Robb are mostly also no longer with us. 

Bill is survived by his son Justin, grandson Maxwell, first wife Ellen, stepchildren Kia and Chris, and loving partner Tonia. Events celebrating his life and work will be announced soon.

You are invited to share your memories and insights about Bill’s contributions to our industry and culture. Please send your contributions to admin@adg.org.au .

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