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About the production
  • Year of production
    2008
  • Broadcast and production partners
    ABC

Synopsis

Using Robert Menzies’ World War II diaries and remarkable 16mm film, Menzies and Churchill at War lifts the lid on a bitter behind-the-scenes battle between Winston Churchill and the Australian Prime Minister as the fate of Australia hangs in the balance. It follows Menzies to London during the dark months of 1941 as he takes on the British Prime Minister over the strategic direction of the war, telling the story of Menzies’ political epiphany from his own point of view.

The film introduces the controversial theory that Menzies became so alarmed by flaws in Churchill’s leadership that he considered taking over himself. With Australia under threat of a Japanese attack, Menzies struggled to convince the autocratic British leader to send reinforcements to Singapore.

The unequal struggle eventually cost Menzies his prime ministership, but out of it he developed a new vision for Australia and built a constituency of middle-class voters who swept him back to power to become Australia’s longest serving prime minister.

(Menzies and Churchill at War is a Screen Australia Making History Production in association with 360 Degree Films. Produced with the assistance of Film Victoria. Developed and produced in association with the Australia Broadcasting Corporation. © Screen Australia and Film Victoria 2008)

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Credits
  • Director
    Steve Jodrell
  • Producer
    John Moore
  • Executive Producer
    Mark Hamlyn
Awards
  • Nominated
    Best Documentary, EnhanceTV Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Award 2009
  • Nominated
    Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production, Focal International Awards, 2009
Distribution
360 On Demand
Screenings
  • Devil Island30.09.2016, Episode 1 - ABC 11am
  • Devil Island07.10.2016, Episode 2 - ABC 11am
  • Devil Island14.10.2016, Episode 3 - ABC 11am
  • Devil Island21.10.2016, Episode 4 - ABC 11am
  • Devil Island28.10.2016, Episode 5 - ABC 11am
  • Devil Island04.11.2016, Episode 6 - ABC 11am
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