Sea Change (1998). TV series. Dir. Ali Ali and Ray Argell. With Sigrid Thornton, Cassandra Magrath, Kane McNay.
Synopsis: Much-beloved Australian drama series, co-written by Andrew Knight (of "Simone de Beauvoir's Babies"). A slick
city lawyer (Thornton) leaves her faithless husband, moves to the beach with her two children, and takes up a new life as
a local magistrate. There she meets a new love interest, in the form of "Diver Dan" Della Bosca, an enigmatic local fisherman.
Character: Daniel "Diver Dan" Della Bosca
Notes: Sea Change is often compared to Northern
Exposure: city slicker moves to remote village, meets colorful, wacky characters, learns profound lessons
about love and life. Diver Dan, a laconic fisherman and retired shark wrangler in the town of Pearl Bay, operates
a boat rental and ferry service, and is the proprietor of Diver Dan's Cafe. "Dan has his own particular slant on the
world and he often does things for no other reason than his own amusement," David remarks. "But the idyllic life
and togetherness of Dan is a facade. There is a darker side to him."
David was nominated for an AFI award for his role on Seachange.
Profile of Diver Dan
at australiantelevision.net. And another interesting Seachange Site
which answers questions about Diver Dan's age, background, and why he hardly ever says Laura's name.
Memorable Quotes: "I wouldn't breathe in too deeply. You might be inhaling my mother."
"Close your eyes, and repeat after me: I can be appalling. I can be appalling."
"Brrrrrrrr....King! King! Meowww! Meowww! King! King! Meoww! Meoww!"
"You're awfully fratchy tonight."
"I don't make cakes. Actually, I never saw that as my life plan."
"Well, in some societies a leaping mullet is considered such a delicacy that to cook one for a lover would be considered
the most romantic gesture imaginable. Of course, in other societies they'd rather watch television."
Availability: DVD - Region 4 only. "Seachange" was shown on Canadian television in the spring
of 2004, and has been shown on local PBS affiliates in the US.