It’s been running for around five weeks now in the States, and getting nothing but rave reviews. Finally, it’s hitting the shores here in Australia. “The Pacific“, the acclaimed mini series from Executive Producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, is a follow up to the popular “Band of Brothers” mini series shown originally on HBO. Making it’s debut tonight, I for one, am very excited.
What’s so exciting for Australia, is that “The Pacific” was filmed entirely on location here in Oz. Years in the making, this 10 part series chronicles the hardships of the war in The Pacific through the lives of American Marines divisions and the accompanying allied forces as they struggled to acheive victory in the Pacific against the stubborn Japanese forces.
Some of the many locations in Australia in which the series was filmed are Port Douglas, Queensland, Mowbray Valley Queensland, Rocky Point Beaches, Rural Victoria, and Melbourne (Flinders St., Flinders Street Station, Scotch College and more).
The Pacific is based primarily on two memoirs of U.S. Marines, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene Sledge and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie. The series will tell the stories of the two authors and Marine John Basilone, as the war against the Empire of Japan rages.
If you enjoyed the Europe based Band of Brothers mini series, then I’m sure you’re just as excited about tonight’s Australian debut, showing on Channel 7 at 8:30pm. No one call me, or talk to me after 8:30 tonight. I won’t be listening.
Find out more on Channel 7’s official site.