Australian movie posters ran with the preamble: "Canberra . . . scene of a vital conference to strengthen Australia's relations with South-East Asia . . . student unrest and violent demonstrations . . . a man's political career at stake . . . only his son can save it!" and "She was in favour of co-existence with Asia. The Defence Minister's career was threatened by his own son!".
This film featured four demonstrations. The first is held outside the Fairbairn Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Air Base, the second at an official banquet at the Albert Hall, the third at a conference held at the Academy of Science and the fourth at the Canberra Theatre Centre.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Military Army assisted this film production. They supplied a BAC-111 Aircraft, a RAAF guard of Honor and the Duntroon military band, all for the sequence staged at the Fairbairn Air Base.
Director Warwick Freeman has told of this film's development at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image: "Freeman Fishburn, the producers (Warwick Freeman and Jim Fishburn [James Fishburn]), were approached by David Brice, then a newsreader with CTC7 in Canberra. David had optioned a book by Don [Don Campbell] and Elizabeth Campbell and came armed with a trio of ACT Solicitors who would raise funding. Act One (The Fund) was formed and FFI (Freeman Fishburn International) was commissioned to make Demonstrator (1971)."