First Kangaroos/Flight Into Hell
Aired 21st April 1988 Channel 4 in United Kingdom
Directed by Frank Cvitanovich
- Written by Nigel Williams
- Produced by Moya Iceton
- A Roadshow, Coote & Carroll Production
- Philip Quast .... Bluey Burdon
- Dennis Waterman .... Albert Goldthorpe
- Chris Haywood .... James Giltinan
- Dominic Sweeney .... Dally Messenger
- Tony Martin .... Dan Frawley
- Clarissa Kaye-Mason .... Mrs. Messenger
- Jim Carter .... Arthur Hughes
- Alexander Broun .... Morton
- Wayne Pygram .... Abie Rosenfeld
- John Dicks .... Reverend Green
- Nell Schofield .... Betty
- Kelly Dingwall .... Devereaux
- Robert Giltinan
- Harold Kissin
- Allan Surtees
- Vic Rooney
- Ian Gilmour
- Kim Lynch
- Edward Peel
- Patrick Monckton
- Charles Pemberton
- Kim Knuckey
- Julie Godfrey
- Charlotte Mitchell
The First Kangaroos is about the first Australian International Rugby League Team who toured England in 1908 to help promote the new professional sport, which had followed the British example and broken away from the traditional union game.
The first half of the film is about the Australians splitting away from Rugby Union to Rugby League. Alex "Bluey" Burden played by Philip Quast was actually one of the major "agitators" for the forming of RL. The second half covers the tour.
Led by entrepreneur James J. Giltinan the First Kangaroos sailed for England on the RMS Macedonia in August of 1908. The 34 Kangaroos were a mix of talented players worthy of the honour of representing their country, but there were others who could best be described as "passengers". Dally Messenger was the star player of the squad and was again hugely popular in England. But, there were also many other fine players to support him - the likes of Alex "Bluey" Burden, Sid "Sandy" Pearce, Jim Devereux, Dan Frawley, Albie Rosenfeld, Arthur "Pony" Holloway, Larry O'Malley and Sid Deane. Veteran North Sydney skipper Denis "Dinny" Lutge was elected tour captain during the sea voyage to England, with Messenger named vice-captain.
They played 46 games through a long hard English winter, winning 18, drawing six and losing 22. The record is a moderate one statistically, but there were some outstanding performances.
The First Test against England produced a 22-all draw to immediately establish the Australian competition's credibility. This was followed up by a 12-11 win over the English champions Hunslet with their famous forward pack known as the "Terrible Six" including Albert Goldthorpe played by Dennis Waterman. Albert Goldthorpe who in his day was the best player in England, but in this film he has just passed his heyday. When these two teams meet It's like a collision between lions (England) and Christians (Australia).
In the deciding 3rd Test Bluey Burden returns to captain Australia.
Financially, the tour was so far in the red at it's completion that the Northern Union had to step in and pay the players passage home (plus some money to live off!). As the finances dwindled ten of the players joined English clubs - some stayed for years and became very familiar faces to English supporters, notably Jim Devereux (Hull) and Albert Rosenfeld (Huddersfield, Wakefield Trinity and Bradford Northern). The players arrived home in May 1909 to a game which was effectively broke and in disarray.
We would like to thank Jackie for taking the time to take screen captures and send the to us.
Flight Into Hell
Aired 1985 Channel ABC Australia
Period drama serial. In 1932, German pilot Hans Bertram and Adolph Klausmann his mechanic are lost at sea for a terrifying 53 days. Based on a true story.
- Director: Gordon Flemyng
- Writer: Peter Yeldham
- Producer: Ray Alchin
- Camera: Peter Hendry
- Design: Laurie Johnson
- Costume: Jim Murray
- Philip Quast as Chris Gordon
- Anne Tenny as Kate Webber
- Helmut Zierl as Hans Bertram
- Werner Stocker as Adolph Klausmnn
- Gerard Kennedy as Sgt Steve Lucas
- Dennis Grosvenor as Constable Maxwell
- Tim McKenzie as Constable Anderson
- Robin Cumming as Captain Mitchell
- Jill Perryman
- Norman Kaye
- William Kerr
- Kevin Howard
- Michael Watson
- Bill Pearson
"Flight into Hell" is the story of the search and rescue of two German aviators, pilot, Hans Bertram and his mechanic, Adolph Klausmann. Who in 1932 were flying from Cologne, Germany to Australia on a goodwill flight for the makers of Junkers aircraft in their seaplane "Atlantis 1925" when it went missing.
May 14, 1932, after flying from Europe in a series of easy hops they took off from Soerabaja in the Dutch East Indies. Their destination is the Australian port of Darwin and their estimated time of arrival, the early hours of Sunday. But, after a refuelling stop in Koepang, the Atlantis is caught in a violent storm over the Timor Sea, pushed miles off course and forced to land on the remote coastline of north west Western Australia. They have little fuel and water and no food. At first the aviators are confident that it will only be a matter of time before they are found.
Four days after their disappearance the Flores a Dutch destroyer, set sail from Surabaya to carry out what proved to be a fruitless search along their planned route across the Timor sea. The Western Australian government also commenced a land, sea and air search of possible landing sites. A West Australian Airways de Havilland DH50 mail plane was chartered for the search. Hope was fading until on June 13 evidence showed that the Germans had not been lost at sea and the search was resumed with increased vigour.
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