Do or Die

Sky / Network 7 (Australia), 2001, 2 episodes

‘Sometimes going back is the only way forward’

doordieuseDr Samantha Sheppard’s (Kate Ashfield) life is thrown into chaos when doctors inform her that her son, William, has leukaemia and needs compatible blood to survive. Having no choice but to tell her husband (Hugo Speer) that he is not the child’s biological father, Samantha then rushes to Australia to find the real father (Tom Long) – a convicted criminal who escapes from jail and disappears just as she arrives. Desperate to find this dangerous fugitive to save her son, Samantha leaps into an underworld of traps and violence, where she must be quicker and smarter than the cops, who are closing in with guns drawn to take this ruthless convict down.

Principal Cast:
Dr Samantha Sheppard: KATE ASHFIELD; Nicholas: HUGO SPEER; Joey: TOM LONG; Claire: PATSY PALMER; Daryl Quint: WILLIAM McINNES; Jimmy Grattan: MARK SACKS.

Awards:
Winner: Australian Writers’ Guild award – Original Mini-series
Won: AFI (Australian Film Institute) – Best Editing
Nominee: AFI (Australian Film Institute) – Best Telefeature or Mini-series
Nominee: AFI award – Best Direction in a Television Drama

Reviews:
‘Spellbinding’ – Daily Telegraph
‘A thriller with captivating performances, unusual direction and an excellent script’ – Sydney Morning Sun
‘Kate Ashfield shines as the mother who’ll do anything to give her son a chance.’ – Herald Sun
‘A neatly plotted thriller’ – The Age

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