Sunshine: episode guide

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Part 1

Wed, October 18, 2017
Written by Matt Cameron
Directed by Daina Reid

Set in Melbourne's outer-west suburb of Sunshine, the story follows Jacob Garang, a young, aspiring South Sudanese-Australian basketball player whose dreams of climbing his Biblical namesake's ladder to heaven — the National Basketball Association — hang in the balance when he's drawn into a criminal investigation. Police are hunting down the perpetrator of a violent assault, which has left a young teenage girl in a coma fighting for her life, and a group of young men fighting for their innocence.


  • Anthony LaPaglia as Eddie Grattan
  • Melanie Lynskey as Zara Skelton
  • Wally Elnour as Jacob Garang
  • Ror Da Poet as Deng Deng
  • Autiak Aweteek as Santino
  • Nick Perry as Dazzler
  • Ana Boal as Mari Garang
  • Jufia Ajobong as Grace Garang
  • Tiarnie Coupland as Elly Messina
  • Kim Gyngell as Rev. Neil 'The Peacock' Skelton
  • Jane Bayly as Pat Skelton
  • Nyandeng Makuer as Alek Deng
  • Kor Puoc as Manute Deng
  • Paul Ireland as Det. Snr. Sgt. Ian Sloane
  • Leah Vandenberg as Det. Snr. Constable Jaya Prasad
  • Piath Mcathiang as Nyagua Nyawan
  • Vince Colosimo as Tony Messina
  • Freya Stafford as Freya Messina
  • Rupert Reid as Ben Canny
  • Kyle Eliott as Vlad Cilic
  • Emmanuel Martin Malou as Lam Bol
  • Zhong Duo (Andy) Xia as Mike Wong
  • Arec Athum as Ayei
  • Anyuop Dau as Darna
  • Ben Klarenaar as Larry Grattan
  • Trudy Hellier as Jackie Grattan
  • Joe Hooks as Carlyle Jones
  • Bev Killick as Bev (Stadium Official)
  • Gloria Ajenstat as Doctor
  • Peter Hitchener as Newsreader
  • Maggie Naouri as Rima Saad
  • Alex Cooke as Young Constable
  • Puven Pather as Stunt Performer
  • Warwick Sadler as Stunt Performer