Executive Producer: Tim Pye
Producer: Bill Hughes
Written by: John Doyle
Directed by: Kate Woods
Original music by: Mario Millo
Cinematography by: Joseph Pickering

Aired October 14, 2001 - November 18, 2001 (ABC)

A six-part miniseries which follows six young Australians who go to war, full of confidence and bravado. They land in Singapore in 1942, just in time for surrender. With 15,000 others, they are marched off to Changi prison camp. Together, the six boys survive three and a half years of incarceration. Along the way they see many mates disappear to various work camps and while Gordon loses a toe, Curley nearly his mind, Eddie his faith, Bill his ability to trust, David his memory and Tom his soul, they never lose their central dependence on each other. Almost sixty years later, the six prepare to get together for what may be their last hurrah.
Stephen CurryEddie
Leon FordBill Dwyer
Anthony HayesGordon Yates
Matthew NewtonDavid Collins
Mark PriestleyCurley Foster
Matthew WhittetTom
Geoff MorrellRowdy Lawson
Charles 'Bud' TingwellOlder David
Frank WilsonOlder Gordon
Bill KerrOlder Eddie
Slim de GreyOlder Curley
Terry NorrisOlder Bill
Desmond KellyOlder Tom
Cast Photo

Back (L-R): Desmond Kelly, Frank Wilson, Slim de Grey, Bill Kerr, Bud Tingwell, Terry Norris
Seated: Anthony Hayes, Mark Priestley, Matthew Newton, Leon Ford
Front: Matthew Whittet, Stephen Curry


2002 Logie Awards:
  • Winner: Most Outstanding Mini Series or Telemovie
  • Nominee: Most Outstanding Actor (Geoff Morrell)
  • Nominee: Most Outstanding Actor (Matthew Newton)
  • Nominee: Most Outstanding Actor (Charles 'Bud' Tingwell)

2002 Australian Writers' Guild Awards:
  • Winner: Miniseres (Original) - Private Bill (John Doyle)
  • Nominee: Miniseres (Original) - Seeing Is Believing (John Doyle)

2002 APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards
  • Winner: Best Music For A Mini-series Or Telemovie (Mario Millo)
  • Nominee: Best Soundtrack Album (Mario Millo)

2002 Australian Screen Sound Awards
  • Winner: Best Achievement in Sound for a Drama Telemovie / Mini Series

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