Changi (2001): S01E04 – Curley


Changi is a six-part Australian television miniseries broadcast by ABC TV in 2001.


Curley is out practising for his approaching driving test. Dazzled by sunlight, he loses concentration, sparking an outburst of road-rage from an impatient driver behind him. Shaken, he rests at home but the incident brings back memories of Changi.

The senior-ranking Australian in the camp, Major Dr Rowdy Lawson, gets the POWs to organise a concert. Young Curley and Gordon dress up as campy versions of Nakamura and Aso and sing to the assembled prisoners and guards. Outraged, Aso gets revenge by punishing Curley for theft shortly afterwards and throwing him in ‘the hole’, a dark, dank pit. Surviving on whatever scraps of food thrown to him, including a dead snake, Curley’s sanity begins to crack. But the Secret 9 restore his spirits by throwing down a piece of paper on which Tom has drawn an obscene comic mocking the camp’s commanders. After six weeks in the hole Curley, half-starved but alive, crawls out into the blinding sunlight.

Changi Series

You can find a full index and overview of Changi here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 04 November 2001.
  • Running time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: Australia.
  • Language: English.

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