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Curtin (2007)

The film covers the period from just before Curtin became Prime Minister until the return of the 6th and 7th Divisions to Australia at the start of the Pacific war.

Director:

Jessica Hobbs

Writer:

Alison Nisselle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William McInnes ... John Curtin
Noni Hazlehurst ... Elsie Curtin
Asher Keddie ... Elsie Jnr
Ben Esler ... John Jnr
Brian Meegan ... Frederick Shedden
Dan Wyllie ... Don Rodgers
Geoff Morrell ... Ben Chifley
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Robert Menzies
Paul English ... Bert Evatt
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ... Jack Beasley
William Zappa ... Gen. Vernon Sturdee
Shingo Usami ... Tatsuo Kawai
Roz Hammond ... Gladys Joyce
Nicholas Opolski Nicholas Opolski ... Fred McLaughlin
Hunter Perske Hunter Perske ... Don Whitington
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The film covers the period from just before Curtin became Prime Minister until the return of the 6th and 7th Divisions to Australia at the start of the Pacific war.

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

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2007 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Budget:

AUD 2,000,000 (estimated)
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ABC TV Asia Pacfic See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Contains footage of NSW Steam Locomotive 3801, taken from the short film 'A Steam Train Passes'. The time is 1941, two years prior to 3801 being constructed. See more »

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The Prime Minister's office in Old Parliament House contains the decor from a 1970s refurbishment. See more »

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28 April 2007 | by reyes_aSee all my reviews

I saw "Curtin" the other night on the ABC, and I loved it. It gave me a good look on why Australia is what it is nowadays. It is important to say that I am originally from Venezuela, and that I've lived in Australia for 6 years now. I work for the Australian Film Industry and it has become to my attention how little the government spends on it, and I tell you it is very disappointing. Especially when you hear that the Howard Government wants to make people like me, who want to become Australian Citizens, take a test. And on the other hand they do not promote the creation of programs like this, which not only entertain but also teach a little about Australia. I found this show to do both, it gave an inside look on the formation of the country where I have chosen to live my life and start a family. It is a know fact that Television, Films, Newspapers and the Internet are the grand communicators and for better or worse these are also educators. In my opinion it is a little hypocritical to make people that legitimate want to become Australians take a test, some of this people like me, freely chose to live here, and I repeat "chose" we were not born here, we were not brought over as kids, we chose to be here because we identified with this country, and whether we know who Donald Bradman was, or what a Billabong is? Should be irrelevant. The point is that we need to see more of these types of shows; I am really looking forward to seeing "Bastard Boys" about the waterfront war involving Patrick Stevedoring and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). And not only people from overseas should see this, Australians too should see this types of shows, we all should read about this on papers and the internet, discuss it with family and friends, create a dialogue to form our own opinion, teach each other. And to the person in charge we should say " NO TEST, MORE CONTENT".


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