A co-production between Screentime and ABC TV, ANZAC GIRLS is currently in advanced development.
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, ANZAC GIRLS tells the true stories of extraordinary young women who witness the brutality and heroism of war and rise to meet the challenge.
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.
Writers are Felicity Packard (MDA; Underbelly and Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities; The Golden Mile and Razor) and Niki Aken (Underbelly: Badness). Executive Producers are Screentime’s Des Monaghan and Greg Haddrick and ABC TV’s Carole Sklan and David Ogilvy.
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.”
Executive Chairman of Screentime, 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.”