Winners

Synopsis

Winners is an award-winning series of eight telemovies featuring comedy science fiction, historical drama, adventure, fantasy and social realism. Winners combines some of Australia’s best writers and directors to develop a series filled with interesting characters and situations.

Episodes

Episode 1 Just Friends

Susan has just moved to a new part of town. When Buzz, the prince of the local roller rink moves in on her, Susan joins his gang but doesn’t know what she’s letting herself in for. Boyfriends, girlfriends, going steady and breaking up - life can be very painful when you’re 13. 

Episode 2 Quest Beyond Time

Mike loves hang-gliding. One day a freak wind strikes and he crash lands, finding himself surrounded by people in rags who call him the "man from the sky". They think he can cure 'The Sickness'. Mike has somehow flown 500 years into the future, to a post-nuclear holocaust Australia! He embarks on a dangerous mission to help a small community.

Episode 3 The Paper Boy

It is 1932. Joe is 11 years old, and sells newspapers. When Joe’s dad loses his job, Joe’s tiny wage is all the family has to live on. Then Joe and his dad have a fight, and Joe runs away. He lives on the streets, battling with his wits and his fists as he gets to know the city and its characters. But is living on the streets worse than living with conflict and confrontation with your father?

Episode 4 The Other Facts of Life

Ben’s father tells him the 'Facts Of Life', but Ben hits Dad with much tougher questions - like why are some people starving? When Dad can’t answer, Ben starts a one-boy crusade to make the world right - a crusade that is both deadly serious, and very, very funny.

Episode 5 Top Kid

Things look up for Gary when he goes on a quiz show and fame and fortune are suddenly within his grasp. But then the sponsors start to rig the show and Gary has a very difficult decision to make.

Episode 6 On Loan

At her 14th birthday party, Lindy wishes she knew her actual birth date. Her real parents would know, but they are dead - or so Lindy believes. When a letter arrives from her natural father, Lindy must choose between two families and two futures, between Australia and Vietnam.

Episode 7 Tarflowers

Every garbage night, Kev goes out to paint tarflowers on fences and walls. Kev reckons they will die if he doesn’t. Sour, old Mrs. Pearl thinks Kev is just a vandal. But when the tarflowers blossom, everyone sees that Kev’s magic is real. An urban fairytale about a simple boy and his belief in his own magic.

Episode 8 Room to Move

Carol is a top runner, coached by her father day and night. When she meets Angie, the punk new girl, she is inspired to plan a new life for herself. But the big race is coming up, and Carol has to give it all she’s got. Starring Nicole Kidman.

Winners - Quest Beyond Time Trailer
Winners - Series Trailer
Winners - Top Kid Trailer

Things look up for Gary when he goes on a quiz show and fame and fortune are suddenly within his grasp. But then the sponsors start to rig the show and Gary has a very difficult decision to make.

Winners: Just friends - Trailer

Susan has just moved to a new part of town. When Buzz, the prince of the local roller rink moves in on her, Susan joins his gang but doesn't know what she's letting herself in for. Boyfriends, girlfriends, going steady and breaking up - life can be very painful when you're 13.

Winners: Room to Move - Trailer

A story about an unlikely friendship between two girls - one a sporting champion, the other a dancer and an outsider. Carol is a top runner, coached by her father day and night. When she meets Angie, the punk new girl, she is inspired to plan a new life for herself. But the big race is coming up, and Carol has to give it all she's got.

Winners: Tarflowers - Trailer

Every garbage night, Kev goes out to paint tarflowers on fences and walls. Kev reckons they will die if he doesn't. Sour old Mrs Pearl thinks Kev is just a vandal. But when the tarflowers blossom, everyone sees that Kev's magic is real. An urban fairytale about a simple boy and his belief in his own magic.

Winners: The Other Facts of Life - Trailer

Ben's father tells him "The Facts Of Life", but Ben hits Dad with much tougher questions - like why are some people starving? When Dad can't answer, Ben starts a one-boy crusade to make the world right - a crusade that is both deadly serious, and very, very funny.

Winners: The Paper Boy - Trailer

It is 1932. Joe is 11 years old, and sells newspapers. When Joe's dad loses his job, Joe's tiny wage is all the family has to live on. Then Joe and his dad have a fight, and Joe runs away. He lives on the streets, battling with his wits and his fists as he gets to know the city and its characters. But is living on the streets worse than living with conflict and confrontation with your father?

Running Time
6 x 48 mins (titles also available individually)

Production Company
Australian Children's Television Foundation

Language
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)

Genre
Drama Telemovies and Features

Awards

Australian Writer’s Guild Awards (AWGIE)
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Chicago International Festival of Children’s Films
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Australian Teachers of Media Awards (ATOM)
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CableAce Awards
Nominated

Banff Television Festival (Canada)
Selected