A bit further down the page you'll find profiles on a selection of crew members that worked on the series. Why a selection? Well, it's nearly impossible to find enough information on everyone that worked on the show to fill a profile with more than their name and function on the crew, so most profiles would be nearly empty.
But since I don't want to leave anyone out, we'll start off with a compilation of every name mentioned on all of the episodes' end credits.
About the profiles
Every profile contains information on the person and his/her work that is either publicly available or was told to me by the crew member him/herself or is information that came up in chats with other crew members.
If there's an interview with the crew member available, a handy link to that page is at the bottom of that person's profile. All interviews, including the ones with cast members, can always be found under the Interview tab in the menu.
End credits compilation (crew only)
Music Composed & Arranged by
Sound Post Production
2nd Assistant Director
PETER DE HAAN**
** also credited as Peter DeHaan and Peter DeHahn
ANNE P. BROWN
Series Created By
PETER R. DODDS
PAUL J. HOGAN
Profiles (crew only)
Jocelyn went on to become a very succesful filmmaker. Her first feature, Proof (1991) with Hugo Weaving and Russel Crowe among others, is generally considered one of the more notable Australian films and launched her international film making career.
Jocelyn is married to PJ Hogan (who also worked on C/o The Bartons and who she met in school) and they have four children. Two of these children have a form of autism, and Jocelyn paused her filmmaking career for several years to take care of them.
Jocelyn wrote two books; C/o The Bartons and Unconditional Love; the latter being an autobiography. She resumed her career in recent years, resulting in The Dressmaker as her first new project. Her husband co-wrote that film with her.
She's primarily active in the creation and production of children's programming. In addition to the already mentioned productions, she's known for Bang goes the Budgie and Shirl's Neighbourhood, among other productions.
Jenifer also produced a feature film, absolutely not aimed at children, called Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em (1986).
Royce Craven, co-producer for the music on COTB, told me that music production for TV in general is always under pressure because of the sequence in which a production is executed (music being one of the last steps in production). In my interview with him for this site he remarked:
"Jenny was very aware of this and, to her credit, tried to bring us in as early as she could so we would have a bit more time to get things right. One of the few producers to ever do this".
Noel created, wrote, produced and directed several series and episodes of series.
Of course, for us, he's best known as the executive producer for C/o The Bartons, but he's also the creator of a gUrls wuRLd and directed every single episode of both Spellbinder series (and that's quite a feat considering that series was filmed on three different continents!).
Royce went on to produce music for ABC documentaries and later switched to music for stage production. He's also a software developer and engineer, having built his own aircraft and writing software to aid in music production using synthesizers.
You can read all about that in his own words in the interview he gave this site; linked below
Although credited as Paul J. Hogan on COTB, he changed his name to PJ Hogan later in life to avoid confusion with the Australian actor/comedian Paul Hogan. PJ is married to Jocelyn Moorhouse (who created our favourite series). He also makes films together with his wife, for instance he co-wrote her film The Dressmaker.
Shortly after The Bartons, PJ became one of Australia's more successful film makers, responsible for Muriel's Wedding (also featuring Matt Day), My Best Friends Wedding, Peter Pan (2003), Confessions of a Shopaholic and Mental.
The two episodes he wrote for COTB show what boys (can) go through at age 14; peer pressure, being told to essentially push back your own personality and identity to create one that matches the expectations of your elders and other boys your age. You don't like sports? Better make everyone believe you do. You don't want to enter the high school hunting fields and chase girls? Better make sure you do, or you'll be "suspected". If you're different, or too sensitive to your peers' liking, you run the risk of being bullied.
In my opinion, PJ Hogan nailed that aspect of boyhood. It was a daring thing to put into a kids show in the 80s and I respect him tremendously for that.
Because the kids were away from school for such a long time, this was to make sure they didn't fall behind on their curriculum.
Photo taken from Parents & Children Magazine, April/May 1988, p.28. Photographer unknown. Used under fair use.
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