Friday, 16 May 2014

Doctor Blake– Historical Accuracy vs Good Storytelling


How much does historical accuracy count when it comes to good storytelling? Victorians are invited to explore this question as the Royal Historical Society of Victoria presents their May evening lecture: “Doctor Blake.”

To be held on Tuesday 20 May, George Adams - the creator and producer of ABC’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries – will share his views on the topic.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an original 10-part murder mystery series starring Craig McLachlan as the maverick country town doctor, Lucien Blake.

Set in post-war Ballarat, Dr Blake has returned to a place he once called home to take over his deceased father’s medical practice. Everything seems peaceful on the surface, but seething underneath are the age-old passions of a regional town clashing with the tensions and fears of the decade to come. 

“In one recent episode, our own RHSV library and office in A’Beckett Street was transformed – with only small doctoring – into a Ballarat Library of the 1950s that may, or may not, have been a nest of spies!” shared Kate Prinsley, Executive Officer of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

“A series set in the earlier life-time of many of its older viewers will always be critically scrutinised for possible errors of detail, style and even dialogue.

“Historical documentary programmes also face the challenge of pitting accurate detail against the need to attract and retain an audience.

“We are therefore delighted to welcome George Adams, a master of the medium, to reflect on some of the issues raised.”

About the Speaker

George Adams is Head of Production and Drama at December Media in Melbourne. He has nearly 30 years’ experience as a film and television producer in both the UK and Australia. George has worked in executive drama roles for the BBC, Carlton Television, Columbia TriStar/Sony, Golden Square Pictures and Granada UK and also acted as a production risk manager for FACB/Cinefinance, co-founding the Australian based Media Risk Management company. His Australian credits include creating the ABC commissioned drama, Bed of Roses, and Executive Producer of Wolf Creek, the most successful “R” rated Australian movie of all time. Since joining December Media, George produced the critically acclaimed drama documentary Australia On Trial about the Myall Creek Massacre. In 2012 and 2013 he both created and produced season one and two of The Doctor Blake Mysteries and executive produced the UK co-production Mrs Biggs and the 3D IMAX movie Hidden Universe.

About the event

Date:                           Tuesday 20 May

Time:                          5.45pm – 7.30pm

Address:                    Royal Historical Society of Victoria

239 A’Beckett Street
Melbourne 
Cost:                           $10 non members; free for members of the RHSV



This lecture follows the RHSV Annual General Meeting, which commences at 5 pm.


Enquiries:                  t: (03) 9326 9288   e: office@historyvictoria.org.au  w: historyvictoria.org.au

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