UK-born Michael Harvey has worked in Film & TV for over 35 years, with 75 hours of writing, script editing/story producing credits on 20 dramas with most Australian broadcasters including Dr. Blake, Dirt Game, State Coroner, Janus, Phoenix, Home and Away, Prisoner/Cell Block H.
Michael also studied Film & TV Direction at AFTRS. His graduation film Goodbye, Johnny Ray, which he directed, won the AFI Best Short Fiction award.
During his career, Michael has enjoyed several Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE nominations for his scripting and, in 1995, he won the AWGIE (TV Series Drama) Award, for his episode of the ABC-TV series, Janus.
Michael subsequently formed Harvey Taft Productions with David Taft. Michael then created, script-produced and, with David, co-produced – in association with Crawfords Australia – two seasons (29 hours) of the TV drama series State Coroner (1997-98) for Network TEN. Set in a Coronial Court, the series was TEN’s highest rating Australian drama for that period. The telemovie pilot, written by Michael, also received an AFI and an AWGIE nomination in 1997.
More recently, Michael devised and wrote Harvey Taft Productions’ ABC-TV drama series Dirt Game (2009), which he co-produced with David Taft. Set in the mining industry, it won both the Australian Directors Guild Award and Australian Cinematography Award for 2009. With Harvey Taft, Michael continues to develop various TV drama projects including Raising the Fallen and Putney Grail (with Baby Cow Films, UK); the WW2 docudrama, Coastwatchers (for Foxtel); and the features Option B (Adam Zwar, Shane Jacobson) and CHA$ (Rhys Darby).