Changi: episode guide

Parts 1-3 | Parts 4-6

Seeing is Believing

Matt Newton

Episode 1
October 14, 2001
Written by John Doyle
Directed by Kate Woods

Episode One is the story of David Collins. Now a retired property developer, David (Charles "Bud" Tingwell) has never been able to remember all that happened to him as a POW, but as the date for the reunion draws closer, he begins recall his horrific ordeal. In his first year at camp, David (Matt Newton) is badly beaten, suffering temporary blindness. Left by the side of the road, he is picked up by Japanese guards taking a group of hapless locals to be shot.

With: Jill Perryman as Older Kate, Mary Docker as Young Kate, Geoff Morrell as Rowdy, Nicholas Hope as Guillaume, Gotaro Tsunashima as Lieutenant Aso, Shingo Misawa as Colonel Nakamura, Sean Taylor as Colonel Smythe, John Gregg as Colonel Carter, Martin Jacobs as Albert, Joel McIlroy as Bertie Jenkins, Christopher Baker as Lofty Morgan, William Upjohn as CSM Bryson, Dean Atkinson as Bernie, Alan Morris as James, Richard Sydenham as Tim, Travis McMahon as Steve, Hari Ho as Malay Trader, Peter Gow as Korean Guard, Larry Turnbull as Mike Green, Shaughna Carter as Marie Green, Andrew Harris as Man in Toilet, Barry Jenkins as Gallery Guide, David Reid as Dr O'Connor, Anthony Yeo as Private Shithouse, Alsion Albany as Maid Mary, Tarlochang Singh as Sikh Guard, Scott Youll as Guard, Masa Yamaguchi as Guard, Ichiro Harada as Guard

Gordon’s Will

Anthony Hayes

Episode 2
October 21, 2001
Written by John Doyle
Directed by Kate Woods

Gordon (Frank Wilson), is visited at home by his son Ken. They argue and Gordon suffers a stroke, which paralyses him down one side. In hospital, Gordon’s granddaughter Nerida reads to him a letter advising of the plans for the reunion of "The Secret Nine". The letter and the loss of movement in his right arm takes Gordon back to his time as a POW in Changi.

When the rest of his unit is gunned down during a battle in the Malaysian jungle, young Gordon (Anthony Hayes) is forced to watch as a Japanese major searches the dead bodies for valuables. Outraged, he captures the major, dragging him through the bush until he reaches an Australian field camp with his prisoner. He is then captured and taken to Changi as a prisoner of war, the experience leaving him with a deep hatred of the Japanese.

Gordon’s stand against the Japanese manifests itself when he refuses to salute Lieutenant Aso. Furious, Aso places him on a box in the middle of the compound and tries, through a series of increasingly violent acts, to force Gordon to salute.

Soon the camp inmates, lead by Gordon’s five mates, are betting on how long Gordon can survive on the box. With the help of some British POW’s, David, Eddie, Curley, Tom and Bill cook up a plan that, if successful, will help Gordon through his ordeal and see them in cigarettes and tinned food for weeks. Colonel Nakamura is outraged at Aso, for turning a small issue into a major confrontation and berates the Lieutenant, telling him to end the situation.

With: John Howard as Ken, Sacha Horler as Nerida, Gotaro Tsunashima as Lieutenant Aso, Shingo Misawa as Colonel Nakamura, Nicholas Hope as Guillaume, Sean Taylor as Colonel Smythe, Kuni Hashimoto as Japanese Major, Dean Atkinson as Bernie, Alan Morris as James, William Upjohn as CSM Bryson, Joel McIlroy as Bertie Jenkins, Christopher Baker as Lofty Morgan, Douglas Hedge as Cecil, Angus King as Doctor, Stephen James King as jack, Brett Hicks-Maitland, Nitya Gehl as Nurse #1, Liz Awad as Nurse #2, Nick Hardcastle as Physiotherapist, Pye as Whistler, Scott Youll as Guard, Masa Yamaguchi as Guard, Lawrence Puang as Guard, Tung Ly as Guard

Private Bill

Leon Ford and Katherine Slattery

Episode 3
October 28, 2001
Written by John Doyle
Directed by Kate Woods

Professor Bill Dwyer (Terry Norris) is a lecturer in mathematics, much loved by his students. On his final day, he presents his farewell speech to a packed auditorium, following which he is visited by a young student Joanne. She bears a remarkable resemblance to the girl he fell in love with before joining the army and he begins to reminisce with her.

In Changi, while a young Bill (Leon Ford) works on creating a wireless from odds and ends around the camp, Tom is caught drawing by Lieutenant Aso and is ordered to sketch the camp commander Nakamura, in preparation for a visit to the camp by General Tanaka of the Japanese Imperial Army.

Bill discovers the Colonel is planning to unveil the drawing as part of the welcome for Tanaka. The boys decide to make the proceedings more interesting, by switching Tom’s portrait with a grotesque cartoon as a joke. They sign it "The Secret Nine" and agree that when they get out of the camp, the six will meet every nine years for a reunion.

Tanaka arrives at the camp, accompanied by Captain Shindo. He inspects the troops and singles out a mate of Bill’s, Lofty Morgan. Gun in hand, he forces him to run across the camp, berating him when he is too slow. Rowdy intervenes to no avail and Tanaka shoots Lofty in front of the other POW’s. Bill is distraught.

Nakamura takes Tanaka to his office for a drink and the unveiling of the portrait. When the curtains slide back and the caricature is revealed, Nakamura is speechless, while Tanaka is outraged. Aso swears to uncover "The Secret Nine" and punish them for shaming the Colonel and himself.

With: Katherine Slattery as Betty/Joanne, Nicholas Hope as Guillaume, Gotaro Tsunashima as Lieutenant Aso, Shingo Misawa as Colonel Nakamura, Ken Senga as General Tanaka, Ishihara Tatsumi as Captain Shindo, Sean Taylor as Colonel Smythe, Christopher Baker as Lofty Morgan, Peter Carroll as Doctor Hurrell, Frank Whitten as Doctor Potter, Ian Bolt as Father Paul, Andrew Mead as Captain Lovegrove, Joel McIlroy as Bertie Jenkins, William Upjohn as CSM Bryson, Dean Atkinson as Bernie, Alan Morris as James, David Baldwin as Professor Myers, David BRuce as Merv, Ruby Bruce as Dianne, Dan Holliday as Photographer, Scott Youll as Guard, Ichiro Harada as Guard, Masa Yamaguchi as Guard, Lawrence Puang as Guard, Victor Ng as Guard