This Akubra hat was worn by Bridie Carter as Tess McLeod in the successful Australian television show 'McLeod's Daughters'. The distinctively Australian clothing worn by the characters in this series helps create authenticity and local colour, two factors in its success both here and overseas.
Carter was nominated for the Gold Logie award in 2005 and 2006 on the strength of her performances in this show. A highlight of Series 4 in 2004 was Tess McLeod's highly anticipated wedding to Nick Ryan (played by Myles Pollard). In Series 6 the couple left the Drover's Run property to live in Argentina.
The brainchild of series creator and producer Posie Graeme-Evans, 'McLeod's Daughters' is a weekly drama series that has screened on the Nine Network since 2001 and has been seen in over 100 countries. It is filmed on a property near Gawler in South Australia and is a co-production between Millennium Television and the Nine Network.
Uniquely combining romance and life on the land, it has featured strong women as lead characters and attracted a young, predominantly female, audience. It has a large cast of young, attractive actors, and its plots revolve around complex family affairs, emotional matters and dense webs of relationships. In this respect it draws upon some of the conventions of drama serials or 'soaps', although its storylines are more episodic than the continuous open narratives found in serials. Soaps deploy a narrative style that continually cuts between multiple parallel storylines, and this is not a defining characteristic of 'McLeod's Daughters'. While soaps are usually set in familiar domestic interiors and are therefore cheap to produce, 'McLeod's Daughters' uses external locations and action sequences, and it displays high production values that are evident in its appealing look. The first Australian drama series to be filmed in High Definition Television format, it was shot on super 16 mm film.
High ratings have allowed 'McLeod's Daughters' to endure, and in 2007 it reached its 200th episode. Although numerous cast changes have included the departure of principal actors, the show's writers have found ingenious ways to introduce new characters who are revealed to be daughters of Jack or other McLeods. The show has won several Logie awards, including Most Popular Australian Program in 2004 and Most Popular Australian Drama in 2005.