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Rain Shadow: Series One
Rain Shadow Series One
Directors: Shawn Seet, Fiona Banks
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2008     5hr 26min

Two women fight for the future of their outback community After a decade of drought, a devastating sheep disease strikes the small Australian farming town of Paringa. Tough-minded veterinarian Kate McDonald (Golden Globe&r...  more »


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Directors: Shawn Seet, Fiona Banks
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, British Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Acorn Media
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 10/21/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 5hr 26min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Harold Wolf | Wells, IN United States | 10/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Six episodes are not enough. It's that good. The views of the rain shadow country alone make the viewer desire to experience the ruggedness, even overcome the hardships. This Australian drama was filmed in southern Australia, rain shadow country. A rain shadow is an arid region on the lee side of mountains allowing little rain to cross, like Nevada. It creates a setting as tough, as desperate, and as determined as the veterinarian Kate McDonald living in fictional Paringa.

Dr. Kate (widowed 10 years) is played by Rachel Ward. Ward turns from her more recent directing and writing activities to lead the cast with her superb acting portrayal of a woman who has taken charge of her life caught up in extreme harshness located an arid region and a struggling community. Driving into Paringa, is the newest arrival in a long string of attempts to secure an assistant, in the person of Dr. Jill Blake (Victoria Thaine). Her own extraordinary performance adds to the off-again, on-again, personal and professional relationship between the two vets that have a community animal health situation to deal with as well as their own secret lives. It's a powerful combination as intriguing as the interacting lives of the rest of Paringa's citizens.

Move aside, James Herriot, make room, as Rain Shadow has rekindled interest in a country veterinarian's life. Dr. Jill is new, not nearly as tough as Dr. Kate McDonald--YET! And the viewer is as confused about the history and personality exchanges of Paringa as Jill. The community seems to have it's own definitions for integrity and law. For example Larry Riley's (Gary Sweet) unexplained wealth in a struggling location. And, why were so many other newly arriving vet assistants driven off so fast?

This is a contemporary wild country, gritty, survival-of-the-fittest story; not altogether unlike some old tales of the US Wild West. Rain Shadow is gripping drama that, although it ends satisfactorily, it leaves itself open for a reunion and an additional series. Hopefully writers Tony Morphett and Jimmy Thomson will comply. I for one would like to spend another six hours with the lady vets' adventures.

Viewing ladies will like the assertiveness (to the point of big, bad, boldness) of the pair of female Paringa vets. Men will wonder if they would have the fortitude to stick it out, like the courageous young and old men of the Rain Shadow. At what lengths would you go? At what point of endurance would you fold it in? IN REALITY, how much longer can you wait to see this stunning story of those determined to live through the drought, persevere, and conquer the outback?

Each of the 6 episodes of Rain Shadow is equal to a 5-star movie."
Fantastic Mini-Series
TheTange | Winston-Salem, NC United States | 02/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I stumbled upon this series in late 2008 in the new releases section on Amazon. The two user reviews here convinced me that this would be a perfect birthday gift for a friend of mine - and it absolutely was. After she enjoyed the series, she let me borrow it.

The actors are excellent as is the story. The 6 episode story arch is paced perfectly, each building on the prior installment. After watching one episode, I couldn't wait to watch more. My only regret was that I wanted the series to continue (it wraps up perfectly, while still leaving room for future installments).

Since borrowing the set that I bought as a birthday gift, I have purchased my own copy of the set, and given yet another one as a Christmas present. I'm a bit surprised that this series hasn't gotten more attention - again, I stumbled on it by accident. The quality, in every respect, makes this set more like a six hour feature film than a television mini-series. It captures the beauty, lonelyness and isolation of life in a very accurate way that I think most people can relate to.

I hope this gets aired on PBS at some point because this quality series deserves a much larger audience. I'd sure love to see another 6 episodes."
An excellent gift for anyone who enjoys fine drama
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 10/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rain Shadow Series 1 collects the first six episodes of a dramatic series following the small Australian farming town of Paringa. Battered first by drought, then an outbreak of disease among its sheep, Paringa is on the verge of dissolving; veterinarian Kate McDonald (played by Golden Globe nominee Rachel Ward) and her plucky assistant (played by Victoria Thaine) fight to save their community. Filmed on location in the Adelaide Hills, Rain Shadow is a poignant drama of hope, and the determination to fight for one's way of life, as well as the strong wills of two women resisting the odds against them. An excellent gift for anyone who enjoys fine drama. 16:9 widescreen, 326 minutes, color.
Almost equal to mcleods daughters
M. Davis | 04/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Very fast shipping, great price for the shows. I am a huge Mcleods daughters fan and I was recommended this series It has more than meet my expectations. You will not be dissapointed in this seller or the show"