The Australian version of social history event The People Speak has secured a release date two years after it was first announced.
Pay platform Foxtel’s History Channel has lined up the programme, produced by factual prodco WTFN, for a November debut.
The documentary sees a host of well-known local personalities recite words of protest and dissent from Australia’s past, dealing with issues such as indigenous injustice, multi-culturalism, feminism and republicanism.
Avatar star Sam Worthington, Jack Thompson (The Great Gatsby), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Clauda Karvan (Dating The Enemy) are among those who will perform, with music from Tex Perkins, Christine Anu and Julia Stone. Local novelist and historical author Thomas Keneally will be the host and narrator.
Plans for Australia’s The People Speak were first outlined in 2010 when Foxtel announced a slate of local productions.
The format was first developed in the US by Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) and Chris Moore (Project Greenlight) and aired on cable network History in 2009. It featured Damon, Josh Brolin, Marisa Tomei alongside Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.
A British version was also produced in 2010, with Colin Firth directing Keira Knightly, Sir Ben Kingsley, Stephen Rea and others.