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


"Compelling viewing... produced with entertaining artfulness and directed with composed stylishness" - The Australian

"A triumphant documentary" - Sydney Morning Herald

"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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