The Art Of War

Director: John Hughes
Year: 2005
Duration: 4 x 26 min episodes.

In The Art of War, Betty Churcher brings her unique perspective to a series on Australian art inspired or provoked by a century of conflict, from World War One to the “war on terror”.

A personal exploration of art rather than a comprehensive history, it reveals how dramatically attitudes to war have changed, and how radically the trauma of war has changed art itself. With images from official war artists, soldiers on the frontline or in POW camps, civilians in concentration camps and those on the homefront, it is a story of unknown artists and famous names such as George Lambert, Nora Heysen, Wendy Sharpe and Sidney Nolan.

A Book of the Series by Betty Churcher is available at Melbourne University Press

Study Guide: Download document (655Kb)

Production Credit

Director John Hughes, Writer Betty Churcher, Producers Betty Churcher, John Hughes.

A Screen Australia National Interest Program in association with Early Works. Produced with the support of the AWM and in association with SBS Independent.


  • Finalist – Best Music for a Television Series (Paul Grabowsky), APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards, 2005.
  • Winner, Script Writing Award (Betty Churcher), NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, 2005.
  • Honorable Mention – Local Documentary, Sydney Morning Herald Couch Potato Awards, 2005.

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