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In 1943, the Imperial Japanese Army Secret Service and Australian servicemen made a film to show the 'exemplary conditions' under which the Prisoners of War were treated by Nippon, and to soften up the Australian public for the anticipated occupation of their country by Japanese forces. PRISONERS OF PROPAGANDA tells why the film was made, and how it came to be forgotten. The story is history, but the lessons for a public exposed to 'journalism with a message' are most relevant today. It also explores the impact that Japan had on wartime Indonesia, where 'Calling Australia' was made.

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Graham Shirley
Graham Shirley
Geoff Barnes
Dir. of Photography
Ross King


Alistair Duncan (narrator)

Production Details

Production Completion
Art and culture, Drama, History and national identity
Production Company
Film Australia Limited