The story of how Australia ended up with a larrikin in the Lodge, and what he brought to the top job.

2 x 1 hr series
February 2018

Production Partners
ABC, Screen Australia, Create NSW


'The joy in the documentary are the interviews, not only with Hawke but with those who worked alongside him.' - Gay Alcorn, The Guardian

'The two part documentary, narrated by Richard Roxburgh, is a fascinating insight into Bob Hawke's roller-coaster life life, powered by a unique blend of destiny and ambition ... compelling viewing.' - Troy Bramston, The Australian

'Using a lively array of interviews, well-chosen archival clips and photographs, it presents a charismatic and combative character who is full of contradictions.' - The Guide, Fairfax

'Whatever your political stripes are, this is an inspiring story of courage and political vision, not just by Hawke himself, but that entire Labor government.' - Louise Adler on Q&A


Executive Producer
Laurie Critchley

Bruce Permezel

Geraldine McKenna

Production Manager
Jo Cadman


Simon Morris

Edited by
John Pleffer ASE & Zac Grant (EP 1)
Sam Hart & Harriet Clutterbuck ASE (EP 2)

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