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McInnes, William 1963-

Works: 101 works in 281 publications in 4 languages and 3,414 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Fiction  Anecdotes  Romantic comedy films  Biography  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Documentary films  Television mini-series  Detective and mystery television programs 
Roles: Author, Actor, Narrator
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by William McInnes
Look both ways( Visual )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meryl is a lonely artist who literally envisions disaster around every corner. Nick is a photojournalist whose work keeps him emotionally distanced from the tragedies he documents. When the two meet in the aftermath of a real train accident, their lives, and the lives of a handful of other witnesses and victims, are revealed and transformed
The making of modern Australia by William McInnes( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Australian child - The Australian soul - The Australian heart - The Australian dream
Kokoda( Visual )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the corridors of power to the blood-stained battlefields of the Papua New Guinea highlands, Kokoda tells the story of the brutal World War II military campaign between Australia and Japan that changed the course of Australian history. Fought without mercy by foes with everything to lose, the ferocious battle for the Kokoda Track saw bravery and atrocity, noble and malicious intent on both sides. From day one of the Kokoda campaign, the fighting was politicised, mismanaged, mythologised and venerated. Kokoda delves behind the myths of war to tell the story from both sides of the conflict, giving an authentic and comprehensive account of the desperate confusion of war, the intricate connections between the frontline soldiers and military high command, and the political agendas that influenced the campaign and continue to percolate through contemporary Australian society. In telling this story, for the first time the camera crew walked and filmed the entire Kokoda Track authentically capturing the visceral nature of the terrain. The series follows in the footsteps of Australia's ill-equipped and poorly trained conscripts, the chocolate soldiers and the battle hardened AIF troops, walking the treacherous 98-kilometre jungle trail from Port Moresby to Kokoda, then on to the blood-stained battlegrounds of Gona, Buna and Sanandanda. The two-hour documentary series includes Interviews with Australian and Japanese veterans and historians, letters to loved ones, previously unpublished documents, and archival footage, footage from the track and dramatisations in Australia and Papua New Guinea, while the diaries of embedded war correspondents Okada Seizo and Chester Wilmot paint an intimate picture of how soldiers on both sides felt during the battles. It introduces the key commanders, including controversial American General Douglas MacArthur, Australia's General Sir Thomas Blamey, and Japanese Commander Tomitaro Horii, for whom defeat in a campaign that had cost thousands of Japanese lives, was intolerable. Kokoda examines the Australian public's response to military campaigns, both then and now, and the myths that they engender. Produced by Andrew Wiseman and directed by Don Featherstone, the two-hour documentary series is based on the best-selling book, Kokoda, by Paul Ham. Screen Australia and Pericles Film Productions in association with Featherstone Productions. Developed and produced in association with the ABC. Produced with the assistance of the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Developed and Produced with the assistance of Film Victoria. Based on a book "Kokoda" by Paul Ham. A Screen Australia Making History Program. 2011 NFSA, Film Victoria and Pericles Film Productions Pty Ltd. Executive Producer: Mark Hamlyn Producer: Andrew Wiseman. Director: Don Featherstone. Writer: Don Featherstone, Andrew Wiseman and Uri Mizrahi. DOP/Cinematographer: Paul Ree, Brent Crockett ACS Narrator/Presenter: William McInnes
The birdwatcher by William McInnes( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about love and twitchers, and about learning to trust. There is magic in the sky. Birds flying and floating above and around us, often unnoticed. Sometimes, when you least expect it, their magic will touch you. This is a story about a bloke who's losing his hearing; a bird that can't fly but likes being read to; and a teenage daughter who doesnt know who to be angry at. It is about a woman living with the echo of illness finding out how much fun it can be to trust someone; a man called Murph who has a secret; and Perry Como. It is part love story, part Hot Diggity moments of discovery, whether they happen in a rainforest or while sitting on a verandah, or in somebody's heart
Cricket kings by William McInnes( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Step into the lives of a team of regular middle-aged men who meet each week to play cricket in their local park. They dont seem to be extraordinarythey are just like the rest of usbut like everyone, they each have a story to tell. Meet the bus driver with no sense of direction; the bride on the morning of her wedding who looks out onto the oval that she has seen from her bedroom window every day of her life and now thinks about marriage and her own home; meet Chris who brings the team together and wears foot-crunching shoes just to please his wife and mother. Meet the cricketer who only plays each weekend because he loves hearing the piano music that wafts out from a nearby hall. Through Williams ability to spin a yarn, the players, their families and the people who stop to watch the game all come to life. With these characters William will make us laugh and cry. And never again will we think that someone is just a regular blokeeveryone can be a king or a queen in their own suburb
The laughing clowns by William McInnes( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Kennedy is a very large man who is remarkably happy with his life. Yet something is not quite right, and it started with a dream that smelt of luncheon meat. Peter is successful at what he does, even though he is not sure what that is anymore. When Titan Development contracts him to go to Queensland to assess a prime piece of real estate, the Pickersgill Peninsula Showgrounds, he jumps at the chance. It will give him time out from having to be with the family he loves. And it will take him back to the home where he grew up; to his parents, who are members of the Show society, his twin sister Pearl, a bingo caller and foster mother, and his brother Gary, the TV weatherman. Over these few days, he will come to realise that sometimes when you go back to where you came from you find out how much you actually have, and how much you could lose
Worse things happen at sea by William McInnes( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In William's first book "A man's got to have a hobby" he wrote about family life in the 1960s with humour, affection and honesty. "Worse things happen at sea" does the same for family life in 2000s; written by William and Sarah in a way that many Australians can relate to and enjoy. This book celebrates the wonderful, messy, haphazard things in life -- bringing home babies from hospital, being a friend, a parent, son or daughter, and dog obedience classes. It's about living for twenty years in the family home, raising children there, chasing angry rabbits around the backyard, renovations that never end. It is also about understanding that sometimes you have to say goodbye; that is part of life too. Illustrated throughout with Sarah Watt's photographs of family life and beautiful, everyday objects
Dirty deeds( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 1960's Sydney, an Australian gangster's booming business attracts the attention of the Chicago Mafia. When two Chicago hoods arrive in town and attempt to muscle in on the action, he decides to teach them a bitter lesson in Outback hospitality
Holidays by William McInnes( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Remember those long, languid holidays when the only decisions to be made were what to pack in the Esky and who should get the front seat on the drive to the beach? Let William McInnes reignite your nostalgia for holidays past, and give you a taste of the boundless opportunities that await in holidays to come in this book about our love affair with life away from the everyday. This book will take you back to the holidays you had as a kid and remind you of the ones you've had with your own family or friends or even the ones where you've flown solo. Holidays are the runway to possibilities - a romantic sunset, the spare seat at breakfast being taken by an attractive stranger, a miraculous airline upgrade - or missing bags, unfortunate rashes and wrong turns that lead to places you definitely did not intend to go. Whether you are away from home and somewhere exotic or just in your own backyard on a lilo in an above-ground pool, whatever happens, you know that life is sweet because you're on Holidays. Whatever kind of holiday you've got planned, make sure you pack this warm and funny celebration of Australia's favourite national pastime
Deep water( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the mutilated corpse of a young gay man is found in a smart Bondi Beach apartment, Detectives Tori Lustigman and Nick Manning are assigned the case. Is this brutal murder a domestic disturbance, a robbery gone wrong, or a gay hate crime? With mounting evidence to suggest the perpetrator has killed before, they start digging through old investigations and the discovery is shocking. They uncover up to 80 possible murders of gay men in New South Wales
Aeroplane Dance( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On 1 December 1942, a US bomber called Little Eva was returning to base after a bombing raid over New Guinea. The plane hit a tropical storm and crashed at Moonlight Creek in the southeast corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria, in Australia's far north. The events that followed were recorded both in the journal of an American survivor and in a spectacular corroboree created by the Yanyuwa people who searched for Little Eva and her crew. Aeroplane Dance dramatises the Americans' struggle to survive in an unfamiliar land, a place they experienced as hostile and desolate. The Yanyuwa remember searching a land of plenty, a place peopled not only by the living but also by the spirits of their ancestors. In a rare performance of the corroboree, they evoke their experience of the crash and the ensuing hunt for survivors. Aeroplane Dance brings together American and Yanyuwa tales of war, with drama, song and dance. It is a film about survival, storytelling and the creation of legends. A Film Australia National Interest Program. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
My brother Jack( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of brothers David and Jack Meredith who grew up in a working -class family in Melbourne, between World War I and II, but took different paths in life
Unfinished sky by peter duncan ( '07 ) movie( Visual )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To love, sometimes we must risk everything. When Tahmeena stumbles onto John's isolated farm, he has no choice but to take her in. An illegal refugee, she's been badly beaten and speaks no English. While John's not inclined to welcome visitors, not since the suspicious death of his wife, he's even less inclined to involve the police. So he goes about his business as he waits for her to heal when he plans to send her on her way. A reluctant voyage of mutual discovery begins as these two strangers are forced to communicate and connect through signs and pictures and come a gradual understanding of each other's language. Tahmeena brings the homestead back to life, reopening John's eyes to the beauty of his land. In return, John does his best to track down the daughter she sent ahead from war-ravaged Afghanistan. As the layers of mistrust and hurt are peeled away, a love affair - passionate and poetic - unfolds to reveal the beauty of freedom, hope and choice. But they can't stay hidden away on the farm forever. They won't be truly free until they venture out. And when they do, the men who think they own Tahmeena come looking for her - and they won't leave without her. Starring Australia's William McInnes (Look Both Ways) and Holland's Monic Hendrickx (Nynke), and written and directed by Peter Duncan (Children of the Revolution, Passion), Unfinished Sky is a grown up love story with a dramatic twist
Kokoda( Visual )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A small platoon of reservist Australian soldiers have been sent as an advanced patrol up the Kokoda trail - a critical supply line that separates Australia from full blown invasion. Inspired by real events and the Kokada / Isuraya memorial inscription of 'courage, mateship, endurance and sacrifice', Kokoda evokes the visceral and terrifying realities of warfare and their devastating effects on the human condition."--Container
Curtin( Visual )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a raw and intimate story of a driven and inspirational leader - a man who struggles to battle his own personal demons while serving and protecting a country at war."--Website
Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Douglas Mawson Antarctic Expedition of 1912 is one of the most amazing feats of endurance of all time. Although his two companions perished, Douglas Mawson survived, but how? In a bold historical experiment, adventurer Tim Jarvis retraces the grueling experience, with similar meager rations, primitive clothing and equipment to uncover what happened to Mawson physically-and mentally-as a man hanging on the precipice of life and death
The making of modern Australia( Visual )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This home-grown 4 part ABC TV series explores the most significant society-altering changes that Australians have experienced since the advent of the Second World War. A must-see look at our past and our present through evocative archive footage and photos, along with remarkable commentary and interviews with Australians from every walk of life. Immerse yourselves in your history as the series delves into where we come from and where we are headed as we question whether, in some cases, it's for better or for worse"--Container
East west 101( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in German and English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Television drama series from Australia. Set around the Major Crime Squad in metropolitan Sydney where detectives Zane Malik, a Muslim Australian, and Ray Crowley, an Anglo-Australian, are pitted against each other in a struggle for respect
The Waler : Australia's great war horse by Various Authors Null( Recording )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over 130,000 Australian horses served in the 1914-1918 war. Only one came home. This is their story. When the first convoys of the ANZAC Expeditionary Forces sailed from Albany's majestic King George Sound in November and December 1914, they carried with them hundreds of horses. Many had been loaded in ports elsewhere in Australia and New Zealand. Some came from unexpected places, including Juna Downs, a vast pastoral station in Western Australia's remote Pilbara region. Over 130,000 Australian horses were to serve our forces, around 70,000 were to die overseas in the line of duty, and only one was to return home. What was the fate of up to 50,000 Australian horses that were still alive when guns became silent in 1918? This is the extraordinary story of Australia's war horses, where they came from, where they served and what became of those that had survived when Great War hostilities ceased in 1918
Dangerous remedy( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on a true story, Dangerous Remedy tells the fascinating story of Dr Bertram Wainer. Living and working in Melbourne in the 1960s, Dr Wainer put his life at risk to expose police corruption in an effort to change the law on abortion and put an end to the illegal operations that were killing young women. When Dr Wainer is called out to tend to the daughter of old friends who is dying as a result of a backyard abortion, performed in filthy conditions, he is angry. This should not have happened. He vows to take a stand against the forces that allow this dangerous industry to thrive. The law must be changed to allow access to safe abortion, but can one man make a difference? Wainer is an ordinary citizen who finds himself in an extraordinary situation where his life and those of the people around him are threatened when he tries to change the status quo"--ABC-TV website
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The making of modern Australia
Alternative Names
McInnes, William 1964-

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Cricket kingsWorse things happen at seaDirty deedsA man's got to have a hobby : long summers with my dadThat'd be right : a fairly true history of modern AustraliaA man's got to have a hobby : [long summers with my Dad]