The War That Changed Us Documentary Series Overview (2014)


The War That Changed Us is a 4-episode Australian television documentary series presenting the true stories of six Australians in World War I.

The series, produced by Electric Pictures, based on an original concept by historian Clare Wright, was first shown by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on four consecutive Sunday evenings commencing on 19 August 2014. Australia entered World War I in August 1914, one hundred years earlier.


The series follows the range of experiences of the following real-life people:

  • Soldier Archie Barwick.
  • Army officer Pompey Elliott.
  • Army nurse Kit McNaughton.
  • Anti-war activist and trade unionist Tom Barker.
  • Anti-war activist and publisher Vida Goldstein.
  • Pro-war crusader Eva Hughes.

These people were chosen because there was a substantial amount of material they had written. Archie Barwick and Kit McNaughton kept diaries. Pompey Elliott wrote many detailed letters to his wife. The speeches of Tom Barker, Vida Goldstein, and Eva Hughes were widely reported in newspapers. Vida Goldstein also published many opinion pieces.

The War That Changed Us Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • James Bogle … (1 episode, 2014).
    • Don Featherstone … (1 episode, 2014).
  • Producer(s):
    • Sharron Ashworth … line producer (4 episodes, 2014).
    • Claire Jager … co-executive producer (4 episodes, 2014).
    • Ingrid Longley … assistant producer (unknown episodes).
    • Andrew Ogilvie … executive producer (unknown episodes).
    • Andrea Quesnelle … executive producer (unknown episodes).
  • Writer(s):
    • Don Featherstone … (unknown episodes).
    • Clare Wright … (unknown episodes).
  • Music:
    • Ash Gibson Greig … (4 episodes, 2014)/
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
    • David Fosdick … (1 episode, 2014).
    • Lawrie Silvestrin … (1 episode, 2014).
  • Production: Electric Pictures.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (2014) (Australia) (TV).
    • Umbrella Entertainment (2017) (Australia) (DVD).
  • Release Date: 19 August 2014 to 09 September 2014.
  • Running Time: 3 hours and 48 minutes (total running time).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: Australia.
  • Language: English.

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