Forced into exile from Hollywood by Senator Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee, Trumbo continued to write by using several different pseudonyms, under which he produced some of his widely acclaimed and award-winning screenplays. Letter-writing became the repository of Trumbo's extraordinary talents, and these correspondences serve as a wonderfully entertaining testament to the need for self-expression, social and political involvement, and remaining fallibly human in the face of barbarism. Told through performances of some of these extraordinary letters, by an award-winning cast of actors, archival and contemporary interviews and clips from his films, Trumbo illustrates how his unerring belief in the freedom of speech and the power of the written word allowed him to fight against political persecution.
Fatherland is an intimate documentary exploring an unresolved relationship between a father who served as a soldier in Hitler's army and a son who fled his country, his family and his history. Canadian filmmaker Manfred Becker returns to Germany 60 years after the end of the war to confront his father, the 'old Nazi' and to explore their two separate roles as pre-determined by history.
Our new allies. The Yanks are here! Australians breathe a sigh of relief and welcome them into their homes and their lives. Australian women are charmed, but the Australian men resent them and their success. General McArthur takes over the Pacific war and inspires the country. Normal life is put on hold as the men are away fighting and the women work longer hours. Life is very hard with little leisure. Surely it was meant to be better than this?
A nation goes to war. In this first episode, Britain's war with Germany rallies the Empire to her side. In the spirit of Anzac, young Australians rush to volunteer. Mothers and wives take up traditional supporting roles and the Women's Services are formed. Soon the casualty lists begin to appear in daily newspapers as Aussie troops face their first defeats. The heartbreak and dread begin; how much worse can it get?
Counting the cost. The war is ending, and Australians must face the consequences of over six years of war - a toll of shattered lives and limbs and unrealised dreams. After Victory in the Pacific, it is a weary nation that welcomes its soldiers home. The war years have changed forever the way Australians see themselves and their future relationship to America. What did the war mean to the average Aussie, and how did it affect their lives?