FOXTEL and The History Channel are proud to bring together some of Australia’s finest artists from stage and screen in a stunning two-hour special event, THE PEOPLE SPEAK, on Sunday, December 2 at 7.30pm AEDT.
Filmed at Sydney’s historic Carriageworks site in Redfern in front of a live audience, THE PEOPLE SPEAK features Australia’s leading actors and musicians delivering the letters, songs and speeches of rebels, visionaries and protesters from Australia’s rich past.
Narrated by author Thomas Keneally, these powerful moments from our nation’s history are brought to life on stage by a remarkable group of artists including Jimi Bani, Matilda Brown, Rob Carlton, Lillian Crombie, Damian de Montemas, Alex Dimitriades, Rebecca Gibney, Chris Haywood, John Jarratt, Claudia Karvan, Ryan Kwanten, Sophie Lowe, Madeleine Madden, Indira Naidoo, Jack Thompson, David Wenham, Sam Worthington and Dan Wyllie and are interspersed with haunting musical performances by Tex Perkins, Julia Stone and Christine Anu.
THE PEOPLE SPEAK is a one-of-a-kind format that revisits some of our country’s most significant fights – those of gender equality, fair pay and working conditions, gay rights, war and peace, immigration and the rights of our indigenous populations.
It gives a voice to those who spoke up at the time for social change – and highlights the continuing importance of active participation in today’s society.
THE PEOPLE SPEAK format was born in 2009 when actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, along with film producer Chris Moore collaborated with Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, to construct a performed history of the United States as told from the perspective of its underdogs.
Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Marisa Tomei, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Josh Brolin and a host of others participated in the special – and two years later, Colin Firth, Sir Ben Kingsley, Joss Stone, Keira Knightley and Sir Ian McKellan were amongst the cast that staged THE PEOPLE SPEAK in the United Kingdom.
THE PEOPLE SPEAK is produced by The History Channel and WTFN Entertainment and is exclusive to FOXTEL.