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The Screen Guide

This is a story of coal, communism, and the Australian prime minister who went to war against his own during the national miners’ strike of 1949. Using rare archival footage and re-creations based on meticulous research, the dramatised documentary takes viewers into the corridors of power to show how Labor Party leader Ben Chifley took on and defeated the growing forces of communism in Australia. It examines the complex issues the conflict raised, introduces the major players in the dispute and portrays a fascinating era of Australian history rarely seen on screen.

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Crew

Director
Geoff Burton ACS
Writers
Geoff Burton ACS  Bob Ellis
Producer
Perry Stapleton
Executive Producers
Penny Robins
Dir. of Photography
Joel Peterson

Cast

Heather Mitchell (narrator) - Tony Barry - Tracy Mann - Bruce Venables - Frankie J Holden

Production Details

Production Completion
2008
Genre
Drama, History and national identity
Production Company
Film Australia Limited