Michael Harvey
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Michael Harvey

UK-born, Michael Harvey has worked in Film & TV for 35 years with 75 hours of writing, script editing/story producing credits on most Australian broadcasters including Dr. Blake, Dirt Game, State Coroner, Janus, Phoenix, Home and Away, A Country Practice and Prisoner/Cell Block H.

Michael also studied Film & TV Direction at AFTRS. His graduation film Goodbye, Johnny Ray, which he directed, won the AFI Best Short Fiction award. During his career, Michael has enjoyed several Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE nominations for his scripting and, in 1995, he won the AWGIE (TV Series Drama) Award, for his episode of the ABC-TV series, Janus. 

Michael subsequently formed Harvey Taft Productions with David Taft. Michael then created, script-produced and, with David, co-produced – in association with Crawfords Australia – two seasons (29 hours) of the TV drama series State Coroner (1997-98) for Network TEN. Set in a Coronial Court, the series was TEN’s highest rating Australian drama for that period. The telemovie pilot, written by Michael, also received an AFI and an AWGIE nomination in 1997.

More recently, Michael devised and wrote Harvey Taft Productions’ ABC-TV drama series Dirt Game (2009), which Michael co-produced with David Taft. Set in the mining industry, it won both the Australian Directors Guild Award and Australian Cinematography Award for 2009.

With Harvey Taft, Michael continues to develop various projects including the WW1 TV drama Pheasant Wood; the WW2 TV docu-drama Coastwatchers (with SPP, NZ); the UK TV dramas, Skull (with Chrysalis Vision), Mug’s Game, and The Black Tulip; the feature films Putney Grail, The Last Dream, Option B and CHA$; and the feature-documentary film, The Age Of Aquarius.

Michael’s freelance Australian script-work is represented by Stacey Testro International (+61 3 9690 0099) and his UK script-work by The Dench Arnold Agency, London (+44 297 7437 4551).