Menzies and Churchill at War is an
impressive joint venture between Screen Australia, 360 Degree Films,
Film Victoria and the ABC which uses the actual diaries of Robert
Menzies and footage from the era in this dramatized documentary.
production also boasts a star studded cast that include Matthew King
as Robert Menzies, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell as the perfect Winston
Churchill, Dennis Coard as Fred Shedden, Margot Knight as Pattie
Menzies, Chris Waters as Lord Beaverbrook, Ian McTear as Archibald
Sinclair and Richard Askin as Colin Bednall, an Australian
This dramatized documentary also adds one of England's
and Australia's most controversial theories between the two leaders
where Menzies was about to overthrow Churchill who was apparently an
alarmist at how the war was going.
Ironically, this attempt by
Menzies cost his his prime ministership, however it also led
Australia into a new world of politics and prosperity. The
documentary features some engaging interviews of Australia's
top academics, including Heather Henderson, Robert Menzies daughter.
A thrilling look at our past that is a must have for anyone
interested in Australian history. Charles 'Bud' Tingwell is brilliant
as the rotund Churchill as are the other actors involved in this
gripping dramatisation of a world on the edge.