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Welcome to the CREW section. Of course, the cast is the most visible aspect of a programme to us as viewers, but usually there are more people behind the camera than there are in front of it. COTB is no different in this; around sixty people worked as part of the crew of this show. This page is the place where we focus on them.

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.

Let's go!

End credits compilation (crew only)

Script Editor
SHARON CONNOLLY

Music Composed & Arranged by
ROYCE CRAVEN
and
BRYAN PATTERSON

Technical Producer
NEIL FRANKS
STEVE PICKERING
DOUG KING
GRAHAM BRUMLEY

Lighting Director
GRAHAM BRUMLEY
PETER SIMONDSON
PETER LEWIS

Production Designer
PAUL CLEVELAND

Snr Cameras
RICHARD WILLOUGHBY
JOHN TUTTLE
ROGER McALPINE

Sound
JOHN BEANLAND
BLAIR BURT
IAN BATTERSBY
NEVILLE KELLY
GREG BRERETON
PETER MILLS
IVAN KAYNE
PETER BRADLEY
GARY LUND
GARY SCHULTZ
TIM ALDER
JOHN PETERSON

Sound Post Production
IAN BATTERSBY
JOHN PETERSON

Editor
PHILLIP SEYMORE
GARY WATSON
KEN TYLER

Casting
DINA MANN
CAROLINE ELLIOTT

Production Manager
MARION PEARCE
1st Assistant Director
ANN BARTLETT
JOHN SLATTERY
MAGGIE GOLLER
BILL SMITHETT

Continuity
DEBBIE CHALLIS
KERRY BEVAN
ANNETTE REED
SUSAN STRUTH

Unit Manager
PETER MURPHY

2nd Assistant Director
GREAME CORNISH
ROSS ALLSOP
ALF MARSHALL
NEIL PROUD
ALI ALI


Production Secretary
JACQUIE LAMB

Camera Operators
SONER TUNCAY
JOHN PAVLOVIC
KAREN JOHNSON
GREG WILDEN
LANA KEARNEY
ANDREW SCHMIDT

Vision Mixer
DON SMITH
JOE MURRAY
CHRIS EDWARDS

Vision Operators
JIM FOWLER
PAT HJORTH
JOHN SMITH
MICHAEL BARRETT*
NICK GREGORIC

Ops Assistants
JIM PITCHES
JOHN DAVIS
MAX GAFFNEY
BRIAN SHIRVINGTON
BRIAN McLOGHLIN
PETER DE HAAN**

Electrician
LEO CARROLL
MICK SANDY
MICHAEL CLEARY
*also credited as Mick Barrett and Mike Barrett
** also credited as Peter DeHaan and Peter DeHahn
Boom Operators
GARY LUND
ERNIE EVERITT
RICHARD COFFIN

Location Designer
ROBERT WALTERS
CHRISTOPHER FORBES

Studio Designer
FRANK EARLEY
MEM ALEXANDER

Costume Designer
CAROLE HARVEY

Wardrobe
ANNE P. BROWN
JOYCE IMLACH
EVA UNGER
ERICA TRAVERS
BEVERLEY FARNELL

Make-up
IAN LOUGHNAN

Props Buyer
NORMAN JONES-ELLIS
TONY TYRER
JOHN EICHSTADT

Action Props
RUSSELL LYNCH
ANDREW BEST
JOE SHEVLIN
GORDON DUNN
GLENN DUNHAM
PAUL BROOKE
SIMON COONEY

Staging Assistants
ANDREW BEST
SIMON COONEY
GORDON DUNN
PAUL BROOKE
RUSSELL LYNCH
HUGH JOHNSON
Graphics
JUDY LEECH

Stunt co-ordinator
GREG SKIPPER

Frog Handler
NICK HILLIGOS

Tutor
RACHEL EVANS

Series Created By
JOCELYN MOORHOUSE

Executive Producer
NOEL PRICE

Producer
JENIFER HOOKS

Director
RICHARD SARELL
PETER R. DODDS
MANDY SMITH

Written by
JOCELYN MOORHOUSE
PAUL J. HOGAN
NOEL ROBINSON
GREG MILLIN
SHANE BRENNAN

Profiles (crew only)

JOCELYN MOORHOUSE
Series creator/writer

Jocelyn Moorhouse was born in Melbourne on 4 September 1960. She attended the Australian Television, Film and Radio School in Sydney. After completing her education, she was given a grant by the Australian Film Comittee to make a short film aimed at children. That film was The Siege of Barton's Bathroom, which later became the basis for our favourite series.

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.
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Jocelyn Moorhouse at the premiere of The Dressmaker, at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015.

Photo by GaboT. Used under Creative Commons license, CC BY-SA 2.0

JENIFER HOOKS
Producer

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For us here, Jenifer (with one 'n', sometimes credited as Jenny Hooks) is most notable for producing C/o The Bartons for the ABC. She also created and produced Kaboodle, a children's programme for the ABC in which Olivia Harkin had the lead role in one of the episodes.

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 PRICE
Executive Producer

When you Google Noel's name, you'll get back a list of results that comes close to a "the best of" Australian children's television.

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!).






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ROYCE CRAVEN
Music production and arrangement
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Royce was born in Victoria, Australia in the '50s. He started his career as a trainee with the ABC, working in various technical departments, before settling on music production. To us, he's most notable for co-creating the music for COTB with Bryan Patterson.

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

 

PJ HOGAN
Writer

With two episodes to his name, both centered around Paul Barton's character by the way, PJ Hogan sure made his mark on the series. His episodes shone a different light on the family, not focussing on Elly as much as the other ten episodes, but rather on her brother Paul Barton.

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.
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RACHEL EVANS
Tutor

A special mention goes out to crew member Rachel Evans. She was the children's tutor, which means she was their mentor, school teacher and surrogate mum for the duration of filming.

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.


Rachel Evans, with Olivia Harkin and Rosie Smith
Rachel Evans on set, tutoring Olivia and Rosie

Photo taken from
Parents & Children Magazine, April/May 1988, p.28. Photographer unknown. Used under fair use.



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