Sunshine (Australian TV series)

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Genre Crime, Drama
Written by Matt Cameron
Elise McCredie
Directed by Daina Reid
Starring Anthony LaPaglia
Melanie Lynskey
Wally Elnour
Ror da Poet
Autiak Aweteek
Nick Perry
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 4
Producer(s) Ian Collie
Anna McLeish
Sarah Shaw
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Essential Media
Original network SBS
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 18 October – 26 October 2017

Sunshine is an Australian crime drama series which debuted on SBS on 18 October 2017.[1] The four-part miniseries is an Essential Media production, directed by Daina Reid and written by Matt Cameron and Elise McCredie.[2]


Sunshine is based in Melbourne's outer-western suburb of Sunshine and its surrounds. The story follows Jacob Garang, a young, aspiring South Sudanese-Australian basketballer who is on the cusp of being picked up by scouts for the US College league. He gets caught up in a police investigation involving a teenage girl from one of Melbourne's affluent suburbs.[3]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Episode 1"Daina ReidMatt Cameron, Ian Collie, Lisa Cox, Elise McCredie, Rachael Turk18 October 2017 (2017-10-18)
Jacob, an honest, hard working young South Sudanese refugee living in the suburb of Sunshine with his mother and sister, is a talented basketball player, dreaming big of playing in the NBA. However his life could be changed forever when he and his mates are involved in joy riding in a Porsche stolen from an affluent suburb. At the end of the night a 15 year old girl is found injured in front of her home, which is also where the owner of the Porsche lives.
2"Episode 2"Daina ReidMatt Cameron, Ian Collie, Lisa Cox, Elise McCredie, Rachael Turk19 October 2017 (2017-10-19)
3"Episode 3"Daina ReidMatt Cameron, Ian Collie, Lisa Cox, Elise McCredie, Rachael Turk25 October 2017 (2017-10-25)
4"Episode 4"Daina ReidMatt Cameron, Ian Collie, Lisa Cox, Elise McCredie, Rachael Turk26 October 2017 (2017-10-26)


  • Anthony LaPaglia as Eddie
  • Melanie Lynskey as Zara Skelton
  • Wally Elnour as Jacob Garang
  • Ror da Poet as Deng Deng
  • Autiak Aweteek as Santino Dut
  • Nick Perry as Dazzler
  • Ana Boal as Mari Garang
  • Jufia Ajobong as Grace Garang
  • Tiarnie Coupland as Elly Messina
  • Kim Gyngell as Rev. Neil 'The Peacock' Skelton
  • Jane Bayly as Pat Skelton
  • Nyandeng Makuer as Alek Deng
  • Kor Puoc as Manute Deng
  • Paul Ireland as DSS Ian Sloane
  • Leah Vandenberg as DSC Jaya Prasad
  • Piath Mcathiang as Nyagua Nyawan
  • Vince Colosimo as Tony Messina
  • Freya Stafford as Freya Messina
  • Rupert Reid as Ben Canny
  • Kyle Eliott as Vlad Cilic
  • Emmanuel Martin Malou as Lam Bol
  • Zhong Duo (Andy) Xia as Mike Wong
  • Arec Athum as Ayei
  • Anyuop Dau as Darna
  • Ben Klarenaar as Larry Grattan
  • Trudy Hellier as Jackie Grattan
  • Joe Hooks as Carlyle Jones
  • Bev Killick as Bev (Stadium Official)
  • Gloria Ajenstat as Doctor
  • Peter Hitchener as Newsreader
  • Maggie Naouri as Rima Saad
  • Alex Cooke as Young Constable
  • Bernard Curry as Dean Simic
  • Dinesh Matthew as Karim
  • Tethloach Ruey as Ruai Nyawan
  • Troy Davis as Labourer
  • Bryce Hardy as Redbacks Coach
  • Rory Bochner as Mia Canny


Guardian Australia critic Luke Buckmaster described the series as an "excellent, beautifully balanced drama", and "one of the standout TV shows of the year".[4] On 6 December 2017, the series received the AACTA Award for Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series at the 7th AACTA Awards ceremony.[5] It also received three nominations at the 2018 Monte-Carlo Television Festival: Best Long Fiction Program, Outstanding Actor in a Long Fiction Program (Anthony LaPaglia), and Outstanding Actress in a Long Fiction Program (Melanie Lynskey).[6]