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|RAN Remote Area Nurse|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Executive producer||Helen Panckhurst|
|Production locations||Masig Island, Queensland, Australia|
|Production company||Chapman Pictures Production|
|Original network||SBS (Australian TV channel)|
|Original release||5 January –|
9 February 2006
RAN (Remote Area Nurse) is an Australian television program (drama series) that aired on SBS (Australian TV channel) on 5 January 2006. The series was filmed entirely on Masig Island (Yorke Island) in the tropical Torres Strait north of the Cape York Peninsula, the northernmost part of Australia (State of Queensland), and the border with Papua New Guinea.
This is an important series to Torres Strait Islanders, but also to the predominantly Anglo Australian community as it highlights the difference between Islanders and mainland Indigenous Australians and the interactions between Islander and Anglo culture. Islander actors and extras are extensively used.
The series was released on DVD on 20 February 2006.
First aired in early 2006on Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) television, it follows the life of Helen Tremain (Susie Porter), the Remote Area Nurse, charged with providing medical services to the remote Torres Strait Islanders community.
The drama comes from the RAN's necessarily close association with the island Chairman, Russ Gaibui (Charles Passi), and his extensive and somewhat dysfunctional family of wife Ina and grown children Eddie, Solomon, Paul (adopted), Nancy and Faith (adopted) and their families and friends, and other characters on the island including some white Australians.
The season of six episodes covers topics such as: whites fitting into an Islander culture; alcohol misuse and smuggling in Islander communities; family hostility and love; outsider influence on island life; family tension, life and death; seasons in the tropics and the effect on people, marriage and family.
The series is portrayed as telling true stories. Many of the idioms of the drama come from local situations. Islanders speak among themselves in their local dialect with subtitles provided for the wider television audience.
While non-Islanders can only guess at the accuracy of the portrayal, many extras are Islanders and that there was significant assistance from locals in the production.[ citation needed ]
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"The Coral Age"||David Caesar||John Alsop||5 January 2006|
|2||2||"One Ball"||Catriona McKenzie||John Alsop||12 January 2006|
|3||3||"The Coming of the Light"||David Caesar||Alice Addison||19 January 2006|
|4||4||"The Gardens of the Torres Strait"||Catriona McKenzie||Alice Addison||26 January 2006|
|5||5||"Blue Hawaii"||David Caesar||Sue Smith||2 February 2006|
|6||6||"Here Comes the Rain Again"||Catriona McKenzie||Sue Smith||9 February 2006|
The show and cast have won several awards, and been nominated in many more. Below is just some of the wins and nominations.
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