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‘We spoon-feed audiences too much’: behind the creation of Wakefield, ABC’s lauded new drama – The Guardian

Writer Kristen Dunphy and director Jocelyn Moorhouse explain how their unorthodox singing and tap-dancing show about mental illness took flight

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Kristen Dunphy was met with blank stares when she first pitched Wakefield. Its a mystery, but its not about a crime. Its a drama, but its full of singing and tap-dancing. Its an intricate patchwork of stories and looping timelines about trauma and mental illness, and its frequently soundtracked by Dexys Midnight Runners 80s hit, Come On Eileen.
It all did look a bit crazy, the veteran screenwriter says.
Dunphy started writing the series after winning a prestigious Foxtel fellowship back in 2012,…

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