Sunshine (Australian TV series)

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GenreCrime, drama
Written byMatt Cameron
Elise McCredie
Directed byDaina Reid
StarringAnthony LaPaglia
Melanie Lynskey
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Producer(s)Ian Collie
Anna McLeish
Sarah Shaw
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Essential Media
Original networkSBS
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release18 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]


  • 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


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Shadow Man"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"Dark Knight"Daina ReidMatt Cameron, Ian Collie, Lisa Cox, Elise McCredie, Rachael Turk19 October 2017 (2017-10-19)
3"Find Your Man"Daina ReidMatt Cameron, Ian Collie, Lisa Cox, Elise McCredie, Rachael Turk25 October 2017 (2017-10-25)
4"Jacob's Ladder"Daina ReidMatt Cameron, Ian Collie, Lisa Cox, Elise McCredie, Rachael Turk26 October 2017 (2017-10-26)


Guardian Australia critic Luke Buckmaster described the series as an "excellent, beautifully balanced drama", and "one of the standout TV shows of the year".[5] 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.[6] 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).[7]


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  5. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (17 October 2017). "Sunshine review – basketball and racial tensions collide in standout Australian drama". Guardian Australia.
  6. ^ Maddox, Garry (6 December 2017). "AACTA Awards 2017 winners: Lion roars with clean sweep and youngest best actor". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  7. ^ Idato, Michael (27 April 2018). "Australian shows and actors among nominees for prestigious TV festival". The Sydney Morning Herald.