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Changi

Overview

One of the most expensive miniseres ever assembled for Australian television, Changi covered a time-span of nearly 60 years. The story was told in flashback as a group of six former POWs, arranging a reunion, recalled their experiences in a Singapore prison camp. Though all six suffered mightily at the hands of their Japanese captors, all managed to survive the ordeal and remain friends even after cessation of hostilities. Still, each man had retained a deleterious "side effect" from his imprisonment, which ...
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Overview

One of the most expensive miniseres ever assembled for Australian television, Changi covered a time-span of nearly 60 years. The story was told in flashback as a group of six former POWs, arranging a reunion, recalled their experiences in a Singapore prison camp. Though all six suffered mightily at the hands of their Japanese captors, all managed to survive the ordeal and remain friends even after cessation of hostilities. Still, each man had retained a deleterious "side effect" from his imprisonment, which threatened to cast a tragic pall on their reunion. Running an exhaustive gamut from comedy to horror, Changi sustained its believability by having each of the main characters played by two actors -- one young for the WWII scenes, one old for the postwar scenes. Though critics and the general public were impressed when the series first aired on Australia's ABC network from October 14 to November 12, 2001, there were a number of real-life prison camp survivors who condemned the project as unrealistic and offensive (and never mind that at least one of the lead actors on the show had himself weathered six years in a Japanese stockade).
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Special Features

Changi - behind the scenes; The making of Changi - production and design notes; The history of Changi pow ca,p; True stories of life in Changi; Cast and crew biographies and filmographies; Photo gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2011
  • UPC: 066805310461
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Source: Bfs Entertainment
  • Presentation: Repackaged
  • Time: 5:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,136

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Newton David Collins (young)
Charles "Bud" Tingwell David Collins (old)
Stephen Curry Eddie (young)
Bill Kerr Eddie (old)
Anthony Hayes Gordon Yates (young)
Frank Wilson Gordon Yates (old)
Mark Priestley Curley Foster (young)
Slim de Grey Curley Foster (old)
Leon Ford Bill Dwyer (young)
Terry Norris Bill Dwyer (old)
Matthew Whittet Tom (young)
Desmond Kelly Tom (old)
Geoff Morrell Rowdy Lawson
Jill Perryman Kate (old)
Mary Docker Kate (young)
Nicholas Hope Guillaume Koper
Gotaro Tusunashima Lt. Aso
Shingo Misawa Col. Nakamure
Ken Senga Gen Tanaka
Rebecca Murphy Vi (young)
Marie Armstrong Vi (old)
Technical Credits
Kate Woods Director
John W. Doyle Screenwriter
Bill Hughes Producer
Mario Millo Score Composer
Joseph Pickering Cinematographer
Tim Pye Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Changi
2. Seeing Is Believing [7:51]
3. Dreams [6:54]
4. Food Rations [10:09]
5. Village Horrors [7:45]
6. Blinded [10:53]
7. Best Mates [11:38]
2. Fallen Ill [7:34]
3. Place Your Bets [9:01]
4. Standing Proud [9:23]
5. Cruel Punishment [3:09]
6. Rescue Plan [6:57]
7. Recovery [7:56]
2. Past Acquaintances [6:22]
3. Love of Maths [8:08]
4. Memory [10:41]
5. A Risky Plan [10:13]
6. Trust [8:08]
7. A Circle Formed [10:40]
Disc #2 -- Changi
2. Getting Lost [9:10]
3. The Concert Party [8:58]
4. An Ultimatum [7:47]
5. Solitary Confinement [9:27]
6. "We've Got to Help" [10:31]
7. Music Is His Food [9:57]
2. An Unexpected Visitor [9:01]
3. A Battle of Cultures [8:33]
4. A Tooth Infection [8:24]
5. He Wants to See You [10:23]
6. The War Is Lost [9:35]
7. Suicide [10:02]
2. Remembering the Songs [8:10]
3. Catching a Thief [9:36]
4. The Last Day [10:30]
5. Seeing An Angel [10:41]
6. The Camp Is Dead [9:24]
7. The Freedom Drink [9:16]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Changi
   Episode One: Seeing Is Believing
      Play Episode One
   Episode Two: Gordon's Will
      Play Episode Two
   Episode Three: Private Bill
      Play Episode Three
   Special Features
      Featurettes - Changi: Behind the Scenes
         Director Kate Woods
         Writer John Doyle
         The Cast
      The Making of Changi
         Design Challenges
         The Ideas
         Building the Sets
         Props
         Production Notes
      The History of Changi Pow Camp
         The Beginning of Changi
         The Selarang Barracks Incident
         The Thai Burma Railway
         The War Is Over
      True Stories of Life in Changi
         Life At Changi
         The University of Changi
         The Changi Concert Party
         Changi Cartoonist George Sprod
      Cast and Crew
         Matthew Newton (David)
         Anthony Hayes (Gordon)
         Leon Ford (Bill)
         Mark Priestly (Curley)
         Stephen Curry (Eddie)
         Matthew Whittet (Tom)
         Charles "Bud" Tingwell (Older David)
         Frank Wilson (Older Gordon)
         Terry Norris (Older Bill)
         Slim De Grey (Older Curley)
         Bill Kerr (Older Eddie)
         Desmond Kelly (Older Tom)
         Geoff Morrell (Rowdy Lawson)
         Misawa Shingo (Colonel Nakamura)
         Nicholas Hope (Guillaume)
         Tsushima Gotaro (Lieutenant Aso)
         Kate Wood (Director)
         John Doyle (Writer and Creative Consultant)
         Bill Hughes (Producer)
         Mario Millo (Composer)
      Photo Gallery
         Episode One
         Episode Two
         Episode Three
         Episode Four
         Episode Five
         Episode Six
Disc #2 -- Changi
   Episode Four: Curley
      Play Episode Four
   Episode Five: Eddie's Birthday
      Play Episode Five
   Episode Six:
      Play Episode Six
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