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Last Bastion, The (Channel 10 1984, John Wood, Robert Vaughn)

The Last Bastion

Mini-series The Last Bastion was made in the early 1980′s when Australia was King of the genre, this lavish production was set in 1941 and focused on the people of Australia as they readied themselves for hard times when it looks as if the Japanese might invade.

A fabulous cast was assembled including some big international names in the shape of Robert Vaughan and Timothy West who gave us another of is spot on impersonations of Winston Churchill. Watch out too for Playschool’s John Hamblin as prime minister Anthony Eden.

production details
Australia | Channel 10 – Classic Films

RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 3 | ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 1984

WRITERS: David Williamson, Dennis Whitburn | CAMERA: Louis Irving | PRODUCTION DESIGN: Laurence Eastwood | COSTUME: David Rowe | MUSIC: Colin Stead | PRODUCERS: Brian Rosen, David Williamson, Denis Whitburn | DIRECTOR: Chris Thomson

cast
MICHAEL BLAKEMORE as John Curtin
JOHN WOOD as Robert Menzies
ROBERT VAUGHAN as Douglas MacArthur
TIMOTHY WEST as Winston Churchill
RAY BARRETT as General Blamey
WARREN MITCHELL as Franklin Roosevelt
PETER WHITFORD as Evatt
GRAEME ROUSE as Sutherland
MAX CULLEN as Eddie Ward
BILL HUNTER as Ben Chiefley
RHYS MacCONNOCHIE as Vice Marshall Portal
JOHN HAMBLIN as Anthony Eden
LESLIE WRIGHT as Stanley Bruce