SBS's own multi-award winning drama has been recognised by the 47th annual International Emmy Awards today.
Staff Writer

26 Nov 2019 - 2:10 PM  UPDATED 26 Nov 2019 - 2:20 PM

SBS' own Safe Harbour has won Best Movie/Mini-series at the International Emmy Awards, which recognise programs from outside the U.S.  



In Safe Harbour, Five Australians on a sailing holiday come across a fishing boat full of desperate asylum seekers. Deciding to help, they tow the boat but, in the middle of the night, it disappears. Years later, one of the Australians, Ryan, steps into a taxi driven by one of the refugees, Ismail. Overjoyed to learn the refugees reached Australia, he invites Ismail and his family to a barbeque - reuniting everyone. It’s there that Ryan and the others learn the truth - someone cut the rope between the two boats and, as a result, the fishing boat sank and seven people died, including Ismail’s nine-year-old daughter. Old secrets come to light, relationships are shattered and lives are put in danger.

Safe Harbour featured a stellar ensemble cast featuring award-winning actor Ewen Leslie (RakeJanet KingTop of the Lake: China Girl), acclaimed actress Leeanna Walsman (Seven Types of AmbiguityClevermanLooking for Alibrandi), AACTA and Logie award-winner Joel Jackson (Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next DoorDeadline Gallipoli), Australian making waves internationally Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire DiariesThe OriginalsH2O Just Add Water), Logie Award-winner Hazem Shammas (Underbelly), Nicole Chamoun (Romper Stomper), Robert Rabiah (Tomorrow When the War Began), and award-winner Jacqueline McKenzie (Romper StomperThe 4400The Water Diviner).

Filmed on location in the underused backdrop of beautiful Brisbane, Safe Harbour was directed by Glendyn Ivin (Seven Types of AmbiguityThe Beautiful Lie) and executive produced by SBS’s Sue Masters (The PrincipalDeep WaterThe Family Law) and Matchbox Pictures’ Debbie Lee (Mustangs FCHyde & SeekOddlands) and produced by Stephen Corvini (Better ManHyde & Seek). Based on an original concept by Simon Kennedy and Phil Enchelmaier, showrunner and writer Belinda Chayko (BarracudaSecret City) headed a strong writing team that included Matt Cameron (SunshineSecret City) and Phil Enchelmaier (Jar Dwellers).

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