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Infamous Victory - Ben Chifley's Battle for Coal

Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
This is a story of coal, communism, and the Australian prime minister who went to war against his own during the national miners' strike of 1949. Using rare archival footage and re-creations based on meticulous research, the dramatised documentary takes viewers into the corridors of power to show how Labor Party leader Ben Chifley took on and defeated the growing forces of communism in Australia. The film examines the complex issues that the conflict raised and introduces the major players in the dispute, including Attorney-General Evatt, Immigration Minister Arthur Calwell, Chifley's "spin doctor" Lloyd Ross and his brother Edgar Ross, a Communist Party executive and driving force behind the strike. It portrays a fascinating era of Australian history rarely seen on screen. A former train driver from Bathurst, Chifley was a working-class hero, a Labor Party icon and "man of the people". But his actions flew in the face of Labor values and tradition when he believed it was in the interests of post-war Australia. Chifley introduced draconian laws to prevent unions accessing funds to support the strike and sent in the army to replace striking miners"”so defeating the Communist Party leadership that controlled the militant union. It was a battle he was determined to fight and win in the interests of the nation, despite knowing it would probably cost him government. A Screen Australia Making History production. Produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Copyright - 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Executive Producer: Penny Robins Producer: Perry Stapleton Director: Geoff Burton Writer: Geoff Burton, Bob Ellis DOP/Cinematographer: Joel Peterson Narrator/Presenter: Heather Mitchell Principal Cast: Tony Barry, Tracy Mann, Lorna Lesley, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Russell Kiefel, Rhys Muldoon, Bruce Venables
Release Date
2008
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2008.
Publisher no.
1100301 Kanopy
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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