National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA)
On the Inside: A Prisoner Celebration, featuring stars Val Lehman, Amanda Muggleton and musician Allan Caswell, will screen online on Friday 19 June.
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will host the online premiere of On the Inside: A Prisoner Celebration, featuring stars Val Lehman, Amanda Muggleton, and musician Allan Caswell, on Friday 19 June 2020.
Presented as part of the NFSA Live series of online events, On the Inside: A Prisoner Celebration was recorded during a Q&A event we hosted in Canberra to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic Aussie soap opera. It will be available to online audiences for the very first time so that Prisoner fans can hear what really went on behind the scenes at Wentworth Detention Centre.
Join Val Lehman (Bea ‘Top Dog’ Smith), Amanda Muggleton (Chrissie Latham) and musician Allan Caswell (creator of the theme song, On the Inside) as they discuss their involvement in Prisoner and its ongoing impact on audiences across the world. The presentation includes rare clips from the NFSA collection, as well as a live performance by Allan Caswell.
Following its premiere on 27 February 1979, Prisoner ran on Network Ten for eight years and a total of 692 episodes. Thanks to its enormous success in Australia, the Grundy production also became an international hit. Prisoner inspired numerous spinoffs and remakes, including the ongoing award-winning Foxtel series Wentworth.
In addition to On the Inside: A Prisoner Celebration, the NFSA website also features an online collection dedicated to the show, which includes rare clips from the 1981 male spinoff Punishment (starring Mel Gibson) and 1991 US remake Dangerous Women. It is available now at: https://www.nfsa.gov.au/collection/curated/prisoner