Caught between rapacious banks and a bitter workers’ strike that threatens civil war, a determined and passionate rancher gambles everything to break the impasse, only to risk his most important treasure: the love of his only child.
Australia, 1890: an emerging nation, riven by industrial unrest and trapped in the stranglehold of rapacious banks. A young sheep shearer, Gabe, pits himself against his determined and tough-minded boss, McLagan, when he falls in love with the man’s high-spirited daughter. However, while winning Elle’s love, he finds himself in opposition to his elder brother, Dave, who is at the heart of the striking sheep-shearers.
While McLagan fights to resolve the conflict and retain his livelihood, he risks losing everything, including his beloved daughter, as she falls ever deeper in love with Gabe.
But the two brothers soon find themselves on the same side, as Gabe faces the snobbery of his former employer and deadly opposition from a visiting Englishman whose meddling in his love-life has devastating consequences.
Waltzing Matilda is a powerful and emotional story of love, betrayal, murder, deceit and revenge, set against a nation’s violent struggle to find its identity and release itself from the stranglehold of its Empire masters. Front and centre is the choice between personal gain or a fair and decent way of life; a choice that changed the course of history.
A passionate love story, the story of a man gambling all he owns in the pursuit of justice, the story of the birth of a nation, and the story of the rousing anthem that defines its larrikin ethos.
DIRECTOR: Phil John
Phil is a multi BAFTA nominated, multi-award-winning director and screenwriter born in Newport, South Wales. He is known for three seasons of Downton Abbey, four episodes of season two of Outlander, including the feature length finale, and Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh’s scabrous comedy, Wedding Belles, described by Newsnight Review as the “TV EVENT OF THE YEAR”. Philip continues his collaboration with screenwriters Dean Cavanagh and Irvine Welsh.
Philip also directed, co-financed and co-produced Svengali, the Music Biz satire and internet phenomenon. Written by Dean Cavanagh, and starring Jonathon Owen, Alan Mcgee, Sally Phillips, Roger Evans, Martin Freeman, Sean Harris, Matt Berry, Carl Barat, Michelle Gomez, Matt Berry, Ciaran Griffiths, Eddie Pillar, Boy George and many many others. The full series of nine episodes is available to view on this website.
PRODUCER: Gina Boon
Gina’s 20 years in television journalism spanned The Nine Network and The Seven Network in Australia, investigating, producing, reporting and presenting national and global news stories and special interest programs and documentaries. Gina has anchored the prime time national and local news, Newsworld, Nightline and 5.30pm. Gina independently, produced, wrote and presented a documentary on the powerful women of the White House called All the President’s Women – a behind the scenes look at the most powerful women influencing the most powerful leader in the world which screened in prime time and sold to 19 countries.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Hannah Leader
Hannah is an entertainment lawyer and one of the most respected and experienced executive producers in the UK and has worked in the independent film world with producers and financiers as clients. She is also the Executive Producer on major films including the Academy Award winning Gosford Park. She runs her own active production company and currently has several international projects in production. She advises on production issues as well as financing structures and sources and is an experienced negotiator in Hollywood with agents and studios.
EXECUTIVE PRODCUER: Grant Bradley
Grant Bradley has produced or executive produced more than 40 feature films and television productions ranging in budget from $3 million to $35 million and worked with many iconic actors including UK’s legendary Patrick MacNee, Top Gun star Kelly McGillis, Emmy Award Winner Ray Liotta, Palm d’Or Best Director Roland Joffe, Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Hartnett, Joan Collins and many others.