Playing the Game
3 x 60 minute documentary series
Playing the Game is a three part history series that takes a fresh look at some of the key developments in American foreign policy from the 1930s to the 1980s. In particular, it looks at the impact of the worldwide process of decolonisation and the advent of the Cold War in changing US policy from one of isolationist idealism to one of increasingly pragmatic interventionism. Filmed in 10 countries on 5 continents, the series focuses on little-known stories of international intrigue and power politics that helped to shape the world we live in today.
Episode 1 The Atlantic Charter
Episode one depicts the first detailed television account of the historic meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill in August 1941, at a remote bay in Newfoundland.
Episode 2 Africa – Black Star Rising
Episode two analyses the impact of decolonisation on the first of the British, French and Belgian colonies of Africa to win their freedom.
Episode 3 Cambodia – The Bloodiest Domino
Episode three reveals how the USA finally abandoned any remnants of idealism in relation to independent countries in favour of Cold War imperatives when, in 1969, President Nixon authorised a multitude of B-52 aerial bombing raids on neutral Cambodia.
Nominated Best Documentary, Australian Film Institute Awards 2001
Finalist, Humanities Division History, New York Film Festival 2002
Bronze Chris Award, History Division, Columbus International Film Festival 2002
Written and Directed Peter Du Cane & Mathew Kelley
Director of Photography Ian Puglsey
Editors David Fosdick & Lawrie Silvestrin
Producers Andrew Ogilvie & Peter Du Cane
An Electric Pictures and Wildfilm Australia Co-Production 2001