Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Australian miniseries The Farm was a stinging indictment of the irregularities and downright dishonesties of the Commonwealth Bank in the 1980s. Colin Friels and Greta Scacchi starred as Tom and Liz Curry, owners of a farm that had been in Tom's family for decades. Taking out a foreign loan from the Federal Development Bank, the Currys soon discovered that the loan wasn't worth the paper it was written on. The rest of the story dealt with the couple's frustration in trying to keep their debt-ridden farm out of receivership through months of inflation and drought. Presented in two 90-minute episodes, The Farm debuted over Australia's ABC network on March 18, 2001.