Australia’s Secret Heroes

Produced for the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)

Australia’s Secret Heroes tells the story of Z Special Unit, a remarkable group of men who were plucked from the Australian military in World War II, trained in explosives, camouflage, silent killing and torture – and then sent on incredibly perilous undercover operations in Asia. For years, the Z Special operatives were sworn to secrecy. But now the veterans, some speaking publicly for the first time, relive their remarkable wartime exploits.

In an unique ‘living history’ approach, 6 descendants recreate Z Special’s training based on original declassified manuals. The modern-day ‘recruits’ see water boarding, witness torture techniques and hear first hand about some of the most ingenious and dangerous covert operations ever undertaken.