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Cast overview, first billed only:
William McInnes ...
Noni Hazlehurst ...
Elsie Curtin
Elsie Jnr
John Jnr
Brian Meegan ...
Don Rodgers
Bille Brown ...
Bert Evatt
Frank Gallacher ...
Jack Beasley
Gen. Vernon Sturdee
Tatsuo Kawai
Roz Hammond ...
Gladys Joyce
Nicholas Opolski ...
Fred McLaughlin
Hunter Perske ...
Don Whitington


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1941. A country in crisis. A new man in power. Leadership demands and personal demons are set to collide.


Biography | Drama





Release Date:

22 April 2007 (Australia)  »

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AUD 2,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Special permission was required to have the characters smoking in Old Parliament House, now a museum in which smoking is banned. Additional precautions against fire had to be taken during filming (see goofs). See more »


Although set in 1941 and 1942, the locomotive in the library footage of the train was not built until 1943. See more »

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A great opportunity missed
4 May 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I could not watch Curtin when it aired on ABC TV a few weeks back, so recorded it onto DVD; and watched it last night. As an Australian political history buff, a WWII watcher, member of the ALP and fan of William McInnis, I was looking forward to it. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.

I now understand that it was originally intended to be a six hour mini-series in four arts, cut to 90 minutes by the ABC. Its original format would not only have truly told the Curtin story, but would have made clear some things that must of confused people if they were not fully aware of the history.

For example, the following were never explained.

Why the ALP was desperate to unseat Menzies from office (because he agreed with Churchill that the Nazis must be defeated before worrying about Australa).

Why some members of Curtin's Cabinet were hostile (because of the disastrous split within the ALP only 10 years previously).

It could also have concentrated on the years in opposition, his longer term health and the relationship built with the USA during the war, that continues today.

Having said that, the portrayal of the people and the times was excellent.

Just would have liked the full story, that's all.

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