Michael Carson

Writer-director-producer

Writer-director-producer Michael Carson died May 14 of pancreatic cancer in Sydney. He was 57.

He began his career as a studio hand at the Australian Broadcasting Corp. 34 years ago before becoming a stalwart of Australia’s film and television industry.

As the director for screen acting at the National Institute for Dramatic Arts, he built a reputation for mentoring actors and other directors and was recently part of a team that devised a groundbreaking Code of Practice for directors working in TV drama.

Carson devised and produced acclaimed Oz miniseries “Scales of Justice” about legal corruption. He is remembered for his skill as a collaborative director who was painstaking in detail and respected his cast and crew.

His list of credits is extensive, as are the honors bestowed upon him. He collected numerous television industry (Logie) laurels, Australian Film Institute awards and Australian Writers Guild kudos.

Credit highlights includes directing episodes of “Petrov Affair,” “G.P.,” “Police Rescue,” “Phoenix,” “Janus,” “Lost World” and “Seachange.”

He is survived by partner Jacqui and a son.

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