Crownies is an Australian television series.
It is full of eager lawyers.
Crownies is an Australian television series full of
eager lawyers facing the pressures and moral dilemmas of
modern single life.
Crownies is an Australian moral dilemma about young
lawyers and big issues in the fast-paced world of dilemmas
and issues that are both moral and big.
It starts like this: There is an office, peopled by a group
of solicitors fresh from law school, working with Crown
prosecutors or "Crownies".
We meet Peter Kowitz, who plays Tony Gillies.
Tony is a hard-bitten, embittered senior lawyer.
Despite being a realist, Tony seeks to give the young
idealist lawyers who are the base or perhaps the essence of
the show, an understanding of not so much what is "right",
but what is "best" in the circumstances.
Some back story: He attended the University of Sydney.
"Drown your sorrows, that's my advice," Tony tells a young
lawyer in a broad Australian accent.
"Come on Tony, that's how Simon Grady was murdered," the
young lawyer responds in more of a middle, than a broad,
Australian accent, as she holds up pictures of Simon Grady
covered in blood.
"Wouldn't you want to lock up the bastard that did that?
""Not in the court of public opinion," Tony says after a
rather long pause in which I drifted off, thinking mournful
thoughts of how much better off and how much more status I
might have, and how much more popular I would be and how much
bigger my house would be and how much more fabulous my
friends and work colleagues would be if I hadn't wasted my
youth indulging in pursuits less savoury and often far less
legal and morally upright than the study of the legal system.
That thought took a long time, so really there was no
correlation between the bit about "locking the bastard up"
and "the court of public opinion".
I have always wanted to wear one of those lawyers' wigs and
You can't look anything but dead dignified wearing a gown.
I could have been like Richard Stirling (Hamish Michael) in
Richard is a genuinely nice guy whose witnesses often fail to
show up in court, much to the annoyance of the judge.
Some back story: He originally came from New Zealand and,
according to the testamurs on his wall, he graduated from the
University of Otago as a bachelor of science before coming to
Australia and completing a graduate-level bachelor of laws
from the University of Sydney.
Nice story line.
Broken dreams aside, Crownies seems to be quite awful.
Hamish Michael was nominated for a Logie in March.
He didn't win.
- Charles Loughrey.