Shaun Patrick Micallef is an Australian actor, comedian and writer. With a background in law, he moved from his home town of Adelaide to Melbourne in 1993 to pursue a full-time comedy career. His credits include Full Frontal, The Micallef Program, the sitcom Welcher & Welcher, the variety show Micallef Tonight, the satirical comedy series Newstopia on SBS and the game show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation on Network Ten. He has also appeared on stage and worked in radio, and is a published author.
Shaun says he has been too busy focussing on his comedy career to be interested in family history, but as he approaches the big "5-0", he has started to reflect on his own life. He is worried that his ancestors will be boring and dull. Not so. He’ll soon discover that they were players in some of the most extraordinary moments in modern history.
Shaun was never told much about his family’s past. He decides to embark on a quest to find out why. He begins by investigating his maternal line. One of his mother’s relatives has been researching a family tree. It leads Shaun to Turkey and the discovery that his great-great-great-grandfather on his mother’s side had a brush with one of the most famous women of the 18th Century, Florence Nightingale.
What he discovers on his father’s Maltese side of the family will amaze him even more. His father Fred had never previously opened up to Shaun about his wartime experiences. For the first time Shaun goes to Malta, where he unearths the root of his father's buried childhood memories. His new knowledge provides a unique gift for his father. And discoveries further back on the Micallef line will be the most surprising of all. With little information about his great-grandfather, Shaun is determined to find out who he was.
Through the help of a distant cousin, he gets a vital clue. As he uncovers details of how his ancestor died in the First World War, Shaun soon discovers he was part of one the biggest sea battles in history. The revelations mark an end to generations of secrecy in the Micallef family and a new chapter in his relationship with his father.