Battleground Melbourne Documentary ‘Friends & Family’ Pre-Release
Battleground Melbourne tells the story of the Fall of the World’s Most Liveable City, through the eyes of those who risked everything to save it.
We’ve been called every name you can imagine, the media, politicians, and the ‘I stand with Dan’ crowd have used every baseless slur you can imagine, and probably many you can’t, to try and shame us and shut us down.
And Victoria Police went on an 18 month rampage of repression, unlawful arrests, and widespread intimidation in order to silence us.
So who are we? And given all we were up against, how did we grow from just 70 people in April 2020, to hundreds of thousands in the biggest political events in Australian history in November 2021?
This is our story, told through our eyes. Battleground Melbourne is our reply to the lies, half truths, slurs, and lazy attacks that we have endured for the last 2 years.
This is our story. The story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things and taking extreme risks to stand for what we believe in.
You may not agree with us, you may not even like us, but you can’t claim to know who we are until you’ve watched Battleground Melbourne.
Here’s what others had to say:
To the Victorian people who stood their ground and fought for their rights and the rights of all Australians. We salute you. I am in NSW and have been through this with you since the beginning. I have cried, felt angry, disappointment, love and pride and I know we will win this because we have conviction and love for this country that they do not.
I cried my eyes out not only with sadness but with pride. We are one but we are many. I would rather die on my feet, than live on my knees. THIS IS FOR OUR KIDS
Absolutely touching. Great work Topher and the team. Can’t believe 2 years of hell was so professionally and properly summarised into one 1.5 hour documentary!
Awesome stuff to the people of Victoria for holding the line.. we in Australia have a battle to fight with winning as being the only option. Big love to everyone from Darwin, Northern Territory (battleground NT)
Stefan de Vries
I hope this brilliant doco will be seen by the people who were my friends that were knocking the protestors. I really do. Keep strong Melbourne!! Love you all.
Surreal having lived through this. Gone from semi retired to back working 60 hours a week, business destroyed. At least I can, there are those worse off. I see them sleeping rough. This is a disgusting attack on supposedly a free Western society. Thanks for standing up and telling our story Topher.
Fantastic, while the images were heartbreaking to watch, it was the individuals speaking who truly put it all into perspective, to the older lady speaking out for the kids and what she said at the end, it can happen anywhere and any country and sadly those powers are here in Ireland but not enough seem to care, thank you for shining a light on what’s happening.
Absolutely love this, power to the people who stand for freedom and our children’s freedom.
So sorry Melbourne, you had to go through this.. but together now you are stronger. So proud.
Brilliant work Topher. Stoked to see it all come together.
I hope that people don’t think this is over because of this film. It’s still effecting people. I STILL can’t go back to work, no way to pay my bills or my rent right now. It’s f***ed.