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The Screen Guide

As Australia was beginning its life as a new nation, a tragedy was unfolding. From the remote coast of Western Australia, to deep within its inhospitable interior, an immense water pipeline was being constructed that would unlock countless riches and help build the nation. But the ambitious dream of political visionary Sir John Forrest and engineering genius Charles Yelverton O'Connor would end in tragedy. In their struggle against the forces of nature, and the forces of politics, one would be proclaimed a national hero, while the other would be driven to his death.

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Franco di Chiera
Franco di Chiera  John McCourt
Ed Punchard  Julia Redwood
Executive Producers
Alex West
Dir. of Photography
Ian Batt


Wendy Hughes (narrator)

Production Details

Production Completion
History and national identity
Production Company
Film Australia Limited  Prospero Productions Pty Ltd