Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds) and Victoria Thaine star in a contemporary Australian story filmed on location in the dry farming region of the Adelaide Hills. Kate McDonald (Ward) is a tough veterinarian in Australia's outback; Jill Blake is her idealistic apprentice, just arrived from the city. Together they must deal with a mysterious sheep-killing disease, a crippling drought, and their own secrets. "A moving moral drama...hard and lean"--Weekend Australian. 6 episodes; approx. 326 min. on 2 DVDs.
Episode 1: The Long Paddock
Rookie vet Jill Blake arrives in Paringa to a brusque reception from her new boss, Dr. Kate McDonald. But Jill is intrigued by the older woman's past and her reasons for staying in this dying district.
Episode 2: You Can't Eat Scenery
As a government-sponsored drought relief workshop comes to town, Jill begins to realize there are more problems in rain shadow country than meet the eye--or than a downpour could solve.
Episode 3: Paringa Rules
When a visiting agronomist arrives on a study tour of dry-land farming, Kate fears he will submit a report on the condition of the local sheep. Or if he doesn't, she is afraid that Jill--increasingly reluctant to play by "Paringa rules"--will.
Episode 4: Black and White
Kate persuades Jill to help perform highly illegal surgery on a local man who has plenty of money, no visible means of support, and an unexplained, life-threatening gunshot wound to the chest.
Episode 5: The Call of the Wild
As Dr. Aziz prepares to leave, Kate wants to secure his secrecy about the disease afflicting the sheep. But her efforts are interrupted when Jill's father and brother unexpectedly visit, and Shane returns with plans of his own for Jill.
Episode 6: The Soldier's Choice
Rival vet James Campbell threatens to expose Kate for not reporting the sheep's illness unless she sells him her practice. With Larry's help, Jill hatches a plan to thwart him, but will Kate go along with it?
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Biography of Rachel Ward biography
Run Time: 326 minutes
Number of discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"Ward and Thaine give remarkable performances in this underrated gem of a series"--Film Intuition
"Greedily devoured the all-too-few episodes"--Blogcritics Magazine
"A poignant drama of hope, and the determination to fight for one's way of life"--Library Bookwatch
"Rare is the DVD film or TV series that deserves to be kept for future re-viewing. Rain Shadow is one of those exceptions."--The Green Man Review
"With the gorgeous scenery, impressive acting, interesting and often quirky characters, and authentic feel, this film is recommended for viewers of all ages."--Library Journal
Logie Award, Silver Logie Nomination for Most Outstanding Actress (Victoria Thaine, 2008)