The Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) has committed a record $9.6 million to the development and production of new children’s content since receiving additional funding.
As part of the ACTF’s 40-year anniversary celebrations, we’re looking back and shining a spotlight on 12 of our most iconic programs. In this article, we look back on The Genie from Down Under: a quintessentially Australian, one-of-a-kind comedy series.
Mark Mitchell is an Australian cultural icon and a significant figure in the 40-year history of the ACTF, having starred in Lift Off!, Round the Twist and The Genie from Down Under. We spoke to Mark about his time on these iconic shows and how he became one of Australia's best known comedic personalities.
Decades before Bluey, an ambitious cartoon series featured Australian accents and humour, with an Aboriginal character front and centre — but Li'l Elvis and the Truckstoppers almost didn't get made.
Whether or not you’re familiar with Lift Off!, there’s one face – or lack thereof – that most Australian children of the nineties will recognise. In this article, we explain the philosophy behind EC and debunk the myth that children were terrified of the gentle puppet, who was beloved by the children of Lift Off! both on and off screen.