Waterfront, Stingers and Halifax f.p. screenwriter Mac Gudgeon dies at 74
Veteran Australian screenwriter Mac Gudgeon has died at age 74 after a long illness.
Best known for writing the classic 1984 Aussie mini-series Waterfront with stars Jack Thompson and Greta Scacchi, Gudgeon’s other credits include the hit TV crime series Halifax, f.p., and Stingers.
Gudgeon also co-wrote the steamy 1989 teen drama The Delinquents, starring Kylie Minogue.
Born in Wollongong, Gudgeon worked as a writer in the film and TV industry for more than thirty years.
He later became known as a tireless champion on behalf of writers while serving as president of the Australian Writers Guild between 1998-2000.
The veteran Australian screenwriter Mac Gudgeon – pictured – has died at age 74
Gudgeon wrote the classic Aussie mini-series Waterfront (1984) with Jack Thompson (right)
Gudgeon co-wrote the steamy 1989 drama The Delinquents, starring Kylie Minogue (pictured)
Gudgeon drew upon his early experience as a painter and docker while writing Waterfront, a hard-hitting story of industrial unrest set on the Aussie dock yards during the Depression.
The show launched his career and was a hit for Channel 10 and later won a Logie in 1985’s for Best Miniseries.
Known for his versatile talent he later co-wrote the nuclear action thriller Ground Zero, starring Colin Friels in 1987.
He went on to win admiration for his work in TV including Channel Nine’s long-running Rebecca Gibney series, Halifax, f.p., (1994-2002).
Gudgeon’s more recent writing credits include the ABC’s Indigenous-themed mini-series The Secret River in 2015, starring Succession’s Sarah Snook.
Known for his versatile talent he later co-wrote the nuclear action thriller Ground Zero, starring Colin Friels in 1987 (pictured)
Gudgeon went on to win admiration for his work in TV including Channel Nine’s long-running Rebecca Gibney series, Halifax, f.p., (pictured)
The Australian Writers’ Guild President Shane Brennan paid tribute to Gudgeon on Monday.
‘Mac was a towering presence in the Guild,’ he said.
‘He was not just our heart and soul, he was our conscience, that little voice in our head that said ‘we have to fight this’. And fight we did, so many battles with Mac standing, unflinching, on the front line.
‘Mac didn’t just man the barricades, he built them. His contribution to this Guild, to the place we earned at the table, to the concessions we won over decades, should never be forgotten. And yes, Mac was one helluva writer.’