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is the story of the fight that stopped the nation—the 1998 battle for Australia's waterfront. More than just a dispute over reform, it became a campaign for the hearts and minds of all Australians. Controversial, all-consuming and combative, it forced people to pick a side and fight for their beliefs. Political thriller, war film, buddy movie, love story and courtroom drama all rolled into one, this is the story of the people behind one of the most significant events in Australia's recent past.
Iconic Australian actors Jack Thompson and Colin Friels lead an outstanding cast that includes: Geoff Morrell, Dan Wyllie, Justine Clarke, Rhys Muldoon and Lucy Bell.
Bastard Boys has been written with the cooperation and participation of all parties to the dispute. It is the first time participants such as former Patrick CEO, Chris Corrigan and ACTU Secretary, Greg Combet have agreed to tell their stories.
- 2007 QLD Premier's Literary Awards - Television Script
The world of the wharves, the boardrooms and war rooms are places most of us will never visit or understand.
takes us there, makes sense and great drama all at once. It’s amazing.
- Ruth Richie,
Sydney Morning Herald
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Sue Smith is one of Australia’s finest television writers. In a career spanning thirty years she has written everything from
The Young Doctors and
Sons and Daughters to
The Leaving of Liverpool and
Brides of Christ (both co-written with John Alsop). She won an AWGIE in 1994 for
The Road from Coorain. Her work also includes the television series
R.A.N Remote Area Nurse, My Brother Jack, Fallen Angels and
The Cooks; and the feature film
Peaches. Her first stage play,
Thrall, had a sell-out season at the Old Fitzroy Hotel (Sydney) in 2006.
In 2012 Smith was honoured with an AWGIE Award, and a QLD Literary Award for
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