A six-part miniseries which follows six young Australians who go to war, full of confidence and bravado. They land in Singapore in 1942, just in time for surrender. With 15,000 others, they... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Stephen Curry ...  Eddie 6 episodes, 2001
Leon Ford ...  Bill Dwyer 6 episodes, 2001
Anthony Hayes ...  Gordon Yates 6 episodes, 2001
Matthew Newton ...  David Collins 6 episodes, 2001
Mark Priestley ...  John 'Curley' Foster 6 episodes, 2001
Matthew Whittet ...  Tom 6 episodes, 2001
Geoff Morrell ...  Rowdy 6 episodes, 2001
Nicholas Hope ...  Guillaume Koper 6 episodes, 2001
Gotaro Tsunashima Gotaro Tsunashima ...  Lieutenant Aso 6 episodes, 2001
Shingo Misawa Shingo Misawa ...  Colonel Nakamura 6 episodes, 2001
Sean Taylor ...  Colonel Smythe 6 episodes, 2001
William Upjohn William Upjohn ...  CSM Bryson 6 episodes, 2001
Dean Atkinson Dean Atkinson ...  Bernie 6 episodes, 2001
Joel McIlroy Joel McIlroy ...  Bertie Jenkins 6 episodes, 2001
Alan Morris Alan Morris ...  James 6 episodes, 2001
Ichiro Harada Ichiro Harada ...  Guard 6 episodes, 2001
Masa Yamaguchi ...  Guard 6 episodes, 2001
Scott Youll Scott Youll ...  Guard 6 episodes, 2001
Lawrence Puang Lawrence Puang ...  Guard 5 episodes, 2001
Christopher James Baker ...  Lofty Morgan 4 episodes, 2001
Ian Bolt Ian Bolt ...  Father Paul 3 episodes, 2001
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...  Older David Collins 2 episodes, 2001
Frank Wilson Frank Wilson ...  Older Gordon 2 episodes, 2001
Terry Norris ...  Older Bill Dwyer 2 episodes, 2001
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ...  Older John 'Curley' Foster 2 episodes, 2001
Bill Kerr ...  Older Eddie 2 episodes, 2001
Tatsumi Ishihara Tatsumi Ishihara ...  Captain Shindo 2 episodes, 2001
Andrew James Mead Andrew James Mead ...  Captain Lovegrove 2 episodes, 2001
Peter Carroll ...  Doctor Hurrell 2 episodes, 2001
Peter Gow Peter Gow ...  Guard / ... 2 episodes, 2001
Victor Ng Victor Ng ...  Guard 2 episodes, 2001


A six-part miniseries which follows six young Australians who go to war, full of confidence and bravado. They land in Singapore in 1942, just in time for surrender. With 15,000 others, they are marched off to Changi prison camp. Together, the six boys survive three and a half years of incarceration. Along the way they see many mates disappear to various work camps and while Gordon loses a toe, Curley nearly his mind, Eddie his faith, Bill his ability to trust, David his memory and Tom his soul, they never lose their central dependence on each other. Almost sixty years later, the six prepare to get together for what may be their last hurrah.

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Drama | Music | Romance | War

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A total of 53 sets and locations had to be made and dressed including the prison barracks and a Malayan jungle. Just finding a site big enough to hold the main set of three 8 meter high buildings, which could pass for Singapore was laborious. See more »


Curley: Anything you need?
Eddie: A Cold beer, half a dozen prawns and a root.
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"There's a bloke, on a crate"... creating and unforgettable viewing experience.
28 October 2001 | by ozziefilmbuffSee all my reviews

When I heard there was to be an ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] mini-series based on life in Changi [WWII POW] camp... with a focus on "elements of comedy", I was deeply sceptical and somewhat critical.

My father had served in the second world war. Such was the barbarity of the Japanese, he was able to talk about the horrors in and around Labuan (where he was stationed), until only quite recently. Along with my father, I had been awarded the fortune of knowing many great men (of stronger character and spirit than I shall ever have), who had witnessed acts of unspeakable barbarity at the hands of the Empire of Japan, and had never completely recovered. The name 'Changi' is destined to conjure horrific images for ages to come...

But upon viewing, I was highly impressed with the cast, the characters and the complex plot-lines of this wonderful series. I now regard 'Changi' as the highlight of my week, (bear in mind, I have viewed only three episodes so far... I hope the remaining episodes adhere to the standards set by the first three).

The black humour works uncannily well (however, the flatulence jokes are a little overdone), and while much of the horror has been suppressed, the series comes quite close in relaying the undaunted spirit of the survivors who were able to later continue with their lives in spite of the inhibiting memories.

The 'flashback' format of this series will be difficult for some to follow,

but I can not think of no better way to do adequate justice to the men who suffered deep emotional scarring proceeding internment... when painfully suppressed experiences are remembered, sometimes years after the horror.

One of the darkest chapters of the Second World War, the 20th century, and, (I would go so far as to say), in the history of mankind, is being relayed to a new generation through this series, and I hope it serves to relay the overwhelming adversity borne by the wartime generation.

Proceeding 'Changi', I don't think I shall ever be able to listen to the poignant tune 'on the road to Gundagai' in the same way again. Tune in...

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