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Elephant Productions STW9 1978-1984

Posted by ken On March - 5 - 2013


    In the 1970s, brothers Keith and Chris Woodland joined STW9. They created the elephant character Flapper, the cat Brindley and Doctor Featherweather.


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Flappers Super Heroes 1980



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Clash of The Creatures 1983



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Jenny Dunstan, Chris Woodland and Flapper in STW9 Goodnight segments 1985

    They were involved in making family and childrens programs for STW 9 for a number of years with many shows including Flappers Super Heroes, Clash of the Creatures, Flappers factory, Perth’s Young Entertainers, various Appealathons and many others.


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Humphrey B. Bear, Jenny Dunstan and Flapper

    After a four year degree in Graphic Design and two years lecturing, producer Keith Woodland moved into television, conceptualising, producing and directing many innovative and top rating programs. Initially for Seven in Perth and then Channel Nine. Brother Chris was seen as the on-camera talent co-creating, directing and presenting hundreds of programs, documentaries and one-off specials over the years.


Elephant Productions STW9 1978 – 1984

WA TV History
The team at Elephant Productions was involved in making family and childrens programs for STW 9 for a number of years. They produced many shows including Flappers Super Heroes, Clash of the Creatures, Flappers factory, Perth’s Young Entertainers, various Appealathons and many others.


    In 1979, Jenny Dunstan, who was university trained in Drama and Theatre Arts, became the hostess of the Perth Building Society’s Squirrels Club for children, which went to air on Saturday mornings.


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Squirrels club 1980

    The three set up the production business of Elephant Productions in 1981-82 and it continues as a successful venture today. The trio’s most memorable presentation was Perth’s Young Entertainers, a real contribution to Western Australian television.


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Perth’s Young Entertainers

    Jenny Dunstan is a multi award winning Director, Producer, Actor, TV Presenter and Voice Over Artist with over 20 years experience in professional theatre, commercial television and independent film and multi-media production. Not only performing on national television but acted in many TV programs, commercials (including being the face of Ford Australia for over 7 years), TV mini-series and Feature Films around Australia. She has won a Silver Logie for “Most Popular Female in WA Television” and a “Best Talent” award for television acting.

    Since 1985, Elephant Productions became firmly established creating highly successful programs for the commercial, resource and government sectors. Its directors are Keith and Chris Woodland, Michael Callaghan and Jenny Dunstan. Its offices are located at 205 Park Street, Subiaco.




2 Responses to “Elephant Productions STW9 1978-1984”

  1. Donna Thomason says:

    Hi, do u have any recordings of the perth young entertainers series or stars of the future ? I would be very interested in purchasing some if u do . Thanks Donna

  2. Gav says:

    Hi,

    Im looking for a copy of the 1981 Tiny Tots awards.
    It was an Appealathon fundraiser held in Kings Park with Jenny, Chris and of course Flapper.

    Cheers
    Gav

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