Like BENEATH HILL 60, the story behind the song of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ is a very unknown part of Australian history. Many know that Banjo Paterson wrote ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and that it has become a second national anthem. They may also know that the Swagman from the song drowns in the Billabong, calling out the now infamous “you’ll never take me alive” in a final show of defiance. But there are still many mysteries that shroud those events.
The same Producer and Writer team that created BENEATH HILL 60 will produce BANJO & MATILDA – an epic western that will unveil not only the mysteries of the song, but the dramatic story during its writing and the the armed conflict behind the lyrics.
It’s 1895. With the new colony of Queensland close to civil war, Banjo Paterson, a young city poet and writer, travels to a remote sheep station in the Outback hoping to break the story and prove himself as a serious journalist. In his search for the truth, he is drawn into the conflict by the impassioned station hand, Christina McPherson, and enigmatic political agitator, Samuel Hoffmeister. As Banjo crosses the line between observer and participant, more than his reputation is at stake as events turn increasingly violent, a man is found dead in a billabong, and a nation’s identity is forged. Based on the extraordinary story behind Australia’s most famous song, ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
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