When podcast producer Dave Pickering is approached by his dad with a mystery from the life of a long-forgotten friend, he decides to investigate it in the only way he knows how: by having conversations.

Mark Sullivan, who went missing 15 years ago, has been found dead. His body still has the arm he should have lost in a car accident and seems to have died eight years before he disappeared.

In a series of 12 episodes, Dave tries to uncover this mystery through conversations with Mark’s family and friends. As he gets to know them, his questions lead to more questions… the mystery runs deeper than anyone imagined.

The Family Tree is a magical realist drama about family, belonging, change and identity.

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Jane Sullivan

Age: 49

Music teacher

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Ben Sullivan

Age: 26


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Kora Baptiste

Age: 26


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Nathan Sullivan

Age: 23


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Melissa Sullivan

Age: 16


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Melanie Sullivan

Age: 16


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Sam Thorpe

Age: 21


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Reverend Philip Beech

Age: 48


Peter Pickering

Peter Pickering

Age: 93


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Tony Pickering

Age: 41


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Dave Pickering

Age: 35

Podcaster and storyteller

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Nigel Masters

Age: 43

Maths Teacher


Jocelyn McKinnon

Age: 36

Crafter and small business owner



Age: 31

Academic researcher in neuroscience

Violita Souza

Violita Souza

Age: 27

Occupation unknown