Australians at War is an eight-hour television series that examines the effects of war on the lives of Australians and how this nation has been shaped by those experiences. Commissioned by the Australian Government through the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs, in co-operation with the Australian War Memorial, as part of the commemorations to mark the Centenary of Federation, the series will be broadcast over eight consecutive weeks on ABC Television commencing on Anzac Day, 25 April 2001.
Beginning with the Boer War in the late 19th Century, the series details the contribution made by all Australians through the two world wars, the uncertain times of the Cold War, Australia’s involvement in more recent South-East Asian conflicts, and concludes with current UN Peacekeeping operations.
These men and women were not only participants in history, but witnesses to the past that helped form the present. The series will present historically accurate accounts of events, but it is the lives and stories of individuals that make up the body of each episode.
Drawing on the holdings of organisations such as the Australian War Memorial and other official archives, as well as personal memorabilia and recollections, Australians at War is designed for a contemporary Australian audience to be much more than a simple history. It is us, in actions and lives both large and small, over the last hundred years.
The series was filmed throughout Australia, Europe and the regions of South East Asia and the Pacific.
Australians at War is produced by Sydney-based Beyond Productions in association with Mullion Creek Productions, under the guidance of Series Producer Michael Caulfield, Co-Producer Colleen Clarke and Supervising Producer Stephen Amezdroz. Directed by Geoff Burton, Michael Caulfield, Tim Clark and David Goldie, the series was written with the assistance of Australia's leading military and social historians and researchers.