ABC1 has commissioned a miniseries based on true stories of ANZAC nurses to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 and Gallipoli.
A co-production between Screentime and ABC TV, the six part series tells the true stories of extraordinary young women who witness the brutality and heroism of war and rise to meet the challenge.
It is based on Peter Rees’ book The Other ANZACs, sourced from original letters, diaries and personal stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses who served in World War I.
An ABC Press Release says, “In December 1914, the first women volunteers for the Army Nursing Service sailed from Australia bound for the Great War. Diverted to Egypt in preparation for the Gallipoli campaign they served in Alexandria, Gallipoli, Lemnos and on the Western Front. Through shocking hardship they experienced exceptional friendship, passionate love, success and heartbreak.”
Writing the miniseries are Felicity Packard (MDA, Underbelly, Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, Underbelly: The Golden Mile and Underbelly: Razor) and Niki Aken (Underbelly: Badness).
Carole Sklan, ABC TV Head of Fiction, said “It is moving and humbling to touch the lives of these real women through their letters, diaries and photographs. We feel privileged to dramatise their journey.”
Screentime’s Des Monaghan said “We are delighted that the ABC shares our enthusiasm to bring to the screen the stories of these remarkable women, who will present the ANZAC legend from a compelling new perspective.”
Both Nine and Foxtel have also commissioned ANZAC projects to commemorate the 100th anniversary.