Satisfaction (Australian TV series)

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Satisfaction
Satisfaction TV Show Logo.jpg
Logo for the series
GenreDrama
Created byRoger Simpson
StarringKestie Morassi
Alison Whyte
Madeleine West
Diana Glenn
Peta Sergeant
Bojana Novakovic
Dustin Clare
Camille Keenan
Renai Caruso
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Kim Vecera
Producer(s)Roger Simpson
Andy Walker
Running time50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelShowcase
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original run5 December 2007 – 9 February 2010
 
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Satisfaction
Satisfaction TV Show Logo.jpg
Logo for the series
GenreDrama
Created byRoger Simpson
StarringKestie Morassi
Alison Whyte
Madeleine West
Diana Glenn
Peta Sergeant
Bojana Novakovic
Dustin Clare
Camille Keenan
Renai Caruso
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Kim Vecera
Producer(s)Roger Simpson
Andy Walker
Running time50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelShowcase
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original run5 December 2007 – 9 February 2010

Satisfaction is an Australian television drama series which screened on the subscription television channel Showcase. It also screens in the Republic of Ireland on free-to-air channel TV3 and its sister channel 3e and in New Zealand on free-to-air channel TV2 respectively.

The series was filmed in Melbourne, and was created by writer/producer Roger Simpson with producer Andy Walker and executive producer Kim Vecera. It centers around the lives and loves of a group of women who are sex workers in a high class brothel.

Production for the third season began in June 2009 and commenced screening in December 2009.[1]

On December 31, 2010, it was revealed by TV Tonight, that Satisfaction was officially cancelled, and that season 3 was the last season in production.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Satisfaction is set in and around '232', an up-market city brothel. The show is centered around five high class escorts and their manager as they juggle the pressures of their private lives with their profession. Chloe (Diana Glenn) tells her 14-year-old daughter that she works in a casino, but realises that she will fairly soon learn the truth. Mel (Madeleine West) is being pursued by Nick (Robert Mammone), the owner of '232', whose daughter, Natalie (Kestie Morassi), is the manager. Tippi (Bojana Novakovic), a beautiful and vivacious young blonde, is taking classes in creative writing. Heather (Peta Sergeant), a dominatrix, is a lesbian whose partner, Ally, is desperate to have a baby. And Lauren (Alison Whyte), an older woman who works as receptionist, is toying with the idea of moving away from the desk and becoming a prostitute.

Cast[edit]

Season one main cast members from left to right, Diana Glenn as Chloe, Madeleine West as Mel, Kestie Morassi as Natalie, Peta Sergeant as Heather, Bojana Novakovic as Tippi, and Alison Whyte as Lauren

Main cast

ActorCharacterSeason(s)Notes
Diana GlennChloeSeasons 1–2Character left the series.
Kestie MorassiNatalieSeasons 1–3
Bojana NovakovicTippiSeasons 1–2Season 2 episodes 1–5
Peta SergeantHeatherSeasons 1–2Character left the series.
Madeleine WestMelany "Mel"Seasons 1–3Season 3 episodes 1–4, 10
Dustin ClareSeanSeasons 2–3
Alison WhyteLaurenSeasons 1–3
Camille KeenanAmySeason 3
Renai CarusoTessSeason 3

Recurring Cast

ActorCharacterSeason(s)
Robert MammoneNickSeason 1
Sullivan StapletonJoshSeasons 1–2
Nicholas BellAlexSeasons 1–2
Jacki WeaverGillianSeason 2
Liam HemsworthMarcSeason 2

Episodes[edit]

Reception[edit]

The series received very positive reviews from critics in Australia. The West Australian gave the show rave reviews, saying "the characters are fleshed out, the drama is feasible and the script is sophisticated enough to side-step the obvious clichés of the sex industry. While the setting and characters are glamorous and gorgeous, there are no Pretty Woman-style illusions about the job...". TV Tonight also thought the series was quite good, noting that "for all its empathy Satisfaction is like dipping your toes into a warm bath and sipping on the best champagne. It skews consciously toward the high end of prostitution to ample success. But like their wealthy clients, you’ll need to be a high-class customer of Foxtel to slip off your shoes first, an irony some programmers may have missed."

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards[edit]

The APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards are issued by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) at an annual ceremony.[3][4]

YearAwardCategoryRecipientsResult
2008AFI AwardsBest Lead Actress in Television DramaAlison WhyteNominated
Best Lead Actress in Television DramaDiana GlennNominated
Best Direction In TelevisionDaina ReidNominated
Best Television Drama SeriesCastNominated
ASTRA AwardsMost Outstanding Performance by an Actor – FemaleAlison WhyteNominated
Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – FemaleBojana NovakovicNominated
Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – FemaleDiana GlennNominated
Favourite Drama SeriesCastNominated
Outstanding Drama SeriesCastNominated
Logie AwardsMost Outstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesAlison WhyteWon
Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesDiana GlennNominated
Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or TelemovieCastNominated
2009ASTRA AwardsMost Outstanding Performance by an Actor – FemaleAlison WhyteWon
Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – FemaleMadeleine WestNominated
Outstanding Drama SeriesCastWon
APRA AwardsBest Television ThemeCameron Giles-Webb, Colin SimkinsWon
AWGIE AwardsTelevision SeriesJo MartinoNominated
Logie AwardsMost Outstanding ActorDustin ClareNominated
Most Outstanding ActressMadeleine WestNominated
2010ASTRA AwardsBest New TalentCamille KeenanWon
Logie AwardsMost Outstanding New TalentCamille KeenanNominated

International broadcasters[edit]

After its 2008 Australian release, Satisfaction was sold to over 20 countries across the world.

Series[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knox, David (21 January 2009). "Satisfaction wins third series". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 21 January 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2010/12/axed-in-2010.html
  3. ^ "Screen Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Winners – Screen Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  5. ^ TVSA Show Page

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