With 554,000 viewers at its peak, and 481,000 hanging in to the end, the AFI's scored some exposure in the suburbs. For print journalists, turning the AFI's into a Night to Enthrall a Nation is a tough gig. Our favourite this year is the indefatigable Australian Jewish News, which noticed Danielle Danielle Catanzariti's Young Actor award. A sassy " Italian-Catholic girl from South Australia," she "Danielle had lessons in all things Jewish in preparation to play Esther.." The producer, Miriam Stein, was described as "a Moriah College graduate." The Brisbane Courier Mail also found a neat parochial angle. Best TV actor winner Gyton Grantley is Brisbane born, and his mum watched the show from her home in East Brisbane. William McInnis is an ex-Redcliffe actor, while Elissa Down is "formerly of Brisbane, Beaudesert and Townsville". New Holland Pictures, the host of Unfinished Sky, is a Brisbane company.
The ABC, drawing on AAP, claims this as television's year, without quite admitting where any of the shows were broadcast, including ,em>Summer Heights High, for which it could claim bragging rights. Taking up the usual "um, we can't attract audiences" line, it quotes Kerry Armstrong and Peter Duncan to support the hunt for the common touch. Bud Tingwell had a simple explanation for bad figures - ""We're snobs".
The Australian ran with the amazing discovery that Underbelly won. Director Peter Andrikidis is quoted as saying,