1. The most tumultuous series of political events in recent Australian history is being turned into a major television drama:
The rise and fall of Kevin Rudd.
The series will follow the events leading up to the ousting of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister on June 24, 2010. The announcement of the series comes as Julia Gillard is trying to highlight the achievements of her administration – rather than its controversial beginnings.
Author Bob Ellis (who has also been a speechwriter for Foreign Minister Bob Carr) has been brought on board to write the script, producer Stuart Quin (who worked on The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert) is overseeing the project, and Tony Tilse (the original 2008 Underbelly) has agreed to direct the drama.
The most important question though, is: who do you think should be cast? Kevin Rudd joked with The Courier-Mail that he “saw one suggestion of Eric Bana… I think that the Hulk, Chopper Read and me makes a nice trilogy.” Rudd also said that no actress could do justice to his wife, Therese Rein.
Here are some of the suggestions floating around. Have you got any better ones?