The Lancaster Miller Affair
Written byPeter Yeldham
Directed byHenri Safran
StarringKerry Mack
Nicholas Eadie
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes5 x 1 hour
ProducerPaul Davies
Original release6 July 1985 (1985-07-06)

The Lancaster Miller Affair is a 1985 Australian mini series about the relationship between Bill Lancaster and Jessie Miller.[2]



The mini series became notorious for a clash with Australia's Actors Equity. The lead male roles of Lancaster and his friend Hayden Clarke were offered to Sam Neill and John Hargreaves, who turned them down. The producers then tested a large number of actors but claimed none of them were suitable and cast non-Australians Peter Firth, Don Batte and Joseph Bottoms. Equity objected claiming the tests of the Australian actors rejected had not been properly carried out. Shooting was put back but eventually Australians Kerry Mack, Nicholas Eadie and Wayne Cull were cast.[3]

The shoot went for twelve weeks. $545,000 of the budget came from Film Victoria.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Chubbie and Bill go up in a plane", Cinema Papers, November 1985 p47
  2. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford University Press, 1996 p208
  3. ^ Nick Roddick, "Writs and recriminations fly over casting dispute", Cinema Papers, July 1985 p2