Michael Jenkins (director)

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Michael Jenkins
Born1946 (age 7576)
OccupationWriter, producer, director

Michael Jenkins (born 1946) is an Australian writer, producer and film and television director. [1]


He is the creator of the crime drama television series Scales of Justice , Blue Murder and Wildside , all of which deal with corruption in the New South Wales police force. He also directed the cult film The Heartbreak Kid , and its spin-off series Heartbreak High . [2]

Jenkins is one of the most highly regarded Australian directors of the 1990s, [3] known for his distinctive, gritty style, particularly for his use of multiple hand-held cameras and semi-improvised dialogue. [4]

Jenkins garnered controversy in 2007, when he was announced as the director of The Wrong Girl, a film about the Sydney gang rapes in 2000, written with Nicholas Hammond. The film ceased production after criticism from Premier Morris Iemma and Deputy Premier John Watkins. [5] [6] [7]



1983 Careful, He Might Hear You writer
1985 Robbery Under Arms writer
Rebel director, writer
1988 Emerald City director
1991 Sweet Talker director
1993 The Heartbreak Kid director, co-writer


1967–73 Bellbird soap operadirector
unknown episodes
unknown episodes
1973–75 Certain Women soap operadirector
unknown episodes
1973 Serpent in the Rainbow historical dramawriter, 4 episodes
1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04
1975 I'm Here, Darlings! television moviedirector, producer
1976 Rush historical dramadirector, 4 episodes
2.03, 2.07, 2.12, 2.13
1977 Pig in a Poke hospital dramadirector
unknown episodes
1979 Bailey's Bird children's adventuredirector, writer, 1 episode
Seven Network
One Day, Millercomedydirector
unknown episodes
1980 Young Ramsay country dramawriter, 1 episode
Seven Network
Water Under the Bridge historical dramawriter, 8 episodes
1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, 1.06, 1.07, 1.08
Network 10
1980–82 Spring and Fall anthologydirector, writer, 2 episodes
1.02, 2.04
1981 Menotti dramawriter, 1 episode
1983 Scales of Justice crime dramacreator, director, 3 episodes
1.01, 1.02, 1.03
1986 The Gillies Republic satirical sketch comedydirector, 6 episodes
1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, 1.06
Shark's Paradise television moviedirectorNetwork Ten
1988 The Dirtwater Dynasty historical dramadirector, writer, 5 episodes
1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05
1992 The Leaving of Liverpool historical dramadirector, 2 episodes
1.01, 1.02
1994–97 Heartbreak High teen dramacreator, director, 2 episodes
1.01, 1.02
Network Ten
1995 Blue Murder crime dramacreator, director, 2 episodes
1.01, 1.02
1997–99 Wildside crime dramacreator, director, 2 episodes
1.01, 1.02
2002 Young Lions crime dramacreator, director, 3 episodes
1.02, 1.04, 1.22
Nine Network
2017 Blue Murder: Killer Cop crime dramacreator, director, 2 episodes
1.01, 1.02
Seven Network

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