Episode 1 Howzat! Kerry Packer's War


Episode 1

Drama centred around Australian media mogul Kerry Packer, who fought a cricket war by secretly signing up 50 of the world's greatest players to form a breakaway tournament.


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-Mr Packer.

-Mr Parish.

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-Mr Packer.

-Mr Steele.

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Take a seat.

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You got my letter?

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-Of course, and now that you're here we can...

-So...

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How much do you want?

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I have to tell you that we've already sold

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the television rights to the ABC.

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It's our usual practice, as you know.

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Bullshit. You haven't signed anything yet.

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-The deal's done.

-How much is it worth?

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Mr Packer, that's confidential. You know that.

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200,000? A bit more?

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I'll give you one and a half million for the rights,

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the television rights, when that deal expires.

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Three years. It's got to be exclusive, all right?

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Right.

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Why don't you put something down in writing

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and you can put in a bid for the commercial television rights?

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Oh, what the fuck do I want them for?

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Blind Freddie will tell you punters will watch the ABC without ads.

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As Bob said, we have a long-standing relationship with the ABC.

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It's a valuable partnership and we're not breaking it.

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Didn't you hear me? 1.5 million.

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Give me something. I'll sign right now.

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An exclusive contract?

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HE CHUCKLES

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No, I won't go to the board with that.

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Come on, gentlemen.

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There's a little bit of the whore in all of us.

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-Mr Packer...

-No?

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We're sorry.

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You will be.

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MUSIC: "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" by The Angels

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# Went down to Santa Fe

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# Where Renoir paints the walls

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# Described you clearly

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# But the sky began to fall

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# Am I ever gonna see your face again?

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# Am I ever gonna see your face again?

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# Am I ever gonna see your face again? #

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Good evening, viewers.

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Beautiful long run, well-balanced. It's short of a good length.

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Arms of steel. It's through to Marsh.

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The skip's keeping the pressure on. A good round of applause.

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'Nott goes down the pitch for a little gardening.

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'He knows this is tough.

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'He's trying to adjust his eyes to the light, holding up Dennis Lillee.'

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-Thought you got him in this over, Dennis.

-Next ball, I think.

-Oh.

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'..but the crowd are loving it.

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-'Steele comes forward to Lillee and he's bowled him!'

-Oh, yes!

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Fuckin' beauty!

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-What'd you get in this one?

-I dunno, Hoges.

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Course you bloody know.

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-Every cricketer knows every statistic of every game he ever played in.

-Four for 31.

-See?

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Dennis, I'm not pissing in your pocket, but what you got, that's unique.

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-What about Thommo?

-Even Thommo.

-What about Andy Roberts?

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Oh, fuck, mate. Are you gonna be my agent with Austin or what?

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Well, me and Austin have to talk about it.

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Oh, there's not much to talk about.

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I'm lookin' after the guy.

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Nine months' full-time cricket, best in the world.

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Guess how much they paid him?

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-Eight grand.

-Bullshit.

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The bloke who pushes the sight board,

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Dennis makes about the same money as him. So do the other guys.

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That's bloody ridiculous. Me and Hoges can get that for two nights.

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-You're getting ripped off.

-Tell me about it.

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What are they doing?

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They've got this great game in their hand, and these world champions.

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And they've got no idea what they've got.

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They should be selling stars like you.

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Who's on this cricket board, anyway?

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-Bunch of fucking...

-Hey, Dellie.

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Hi, guys. Don't get up.

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-What's this?

-They gave it to me.

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So how was the shoot? They're putting you on the cover, right?

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Yes. What have you been up to? You said something, didn't you?

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Might have had a little word to them.

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-I thought you might have. What'd you say?

-Agent's secret.

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If I was to tell you I'd have to kill you.

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Right, well it worked, smartarse.

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-'Lillee to Randall!'

-Oh!

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-Yes! Another one!

-'Magnificent! LBW!'

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Yeah, like a quiz show.

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I'm the dog, right, and the quizmaster says,

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"What's on top of the house?" And I say, "Roof, roof!"

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-HE LAUGHS

-Yeah, and question number two.

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He goes, "What's on the outside of a tree?" Dog says, "Bark, bark!"

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-Yeah. So he wins. What does he win?

-Something like a bone, or...

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What if we did it ourselves?

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Signed up Lillee, all the other guys. Put on an exhibition game.

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You know, the Cream of Cricket, something like that.

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And they get paid most of the gate.

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Yeah, we tell the board to pay it straight to them.

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Advertise it like buggery, get a big crowd in.

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-What do you think?

-We gotta do it.

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Dellie?

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If there was a cricket game with all the top guys in it, would you go?

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-Is David Hookes playing?

-Yeah.

-I'm there.

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The best cricketers in Australia, all on one ground,

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all at the same time.

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What we need is someone with deep pockets and big balls.

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FEEDBACK

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-KNOCK ON DOOR

-Bloody hell.

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Thanks, Rose.

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-What the fuck do you want?

-I've got an idea.

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-Right, hang on. Now?

-Yep.

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Rose. Come in here, will you?

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-Well?

-That should be OK.

-ROSE! GET IN HERE!

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Yes, Mr Packer.

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-Can you hear me on the speaker?

-No.

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No. For Christ's sake, get this bloody thing working!

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Oh, leave it. Come back later!

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-Sorry, Mr Packer. I'll have to rewire it later.

-Yes. Get out!

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What kind of idea?

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How would you like some cricket on TV?

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A one-day cricket match.

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The best cricketers in Australia against the best in the world.

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-What about the Cricket Board?

-Fuck 'em.

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The cricketers are getting shafted, Kerry.

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The board's making millions and the players get practically nothing.

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-I've heard.

-We blitz the airwaves. Make it an event on Channel 9.

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-What? You can get them?

-Starting with Dennis Lillee.

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I'm managing him now and he reckons the others will be up for it.

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He'll do the initial contacts. Talk to the players first.

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So what I've got here is a couple of fucking comedians coming to me

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with a major business deal.

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-Correct.

-Yeah. Come back tomorrow, son. I'll think.

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A huge one-day carnival game at the end of the season.

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Hang on!

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Sit down.

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So you've got Dennis Lillee.

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-Can you get Ian Chappell?

-Yeah.

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-Thomson? Rod Marsh? Walters?

-Easy. Dennis will get them for us.

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What about the rest of the world, you know?

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-Tony Greig or Imran Khan or...

-Kerry, they're all getting screwed.

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OK.

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OK. We don't piss around with some exhibition match, son.

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We do it properly.

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We sign them all up and we... We have a competition.

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-Right.

-HE CHUCKLES

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Oh, but the board can't find out anything or they'll kill it.

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How good are you at keeping secrets around here?

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Oh, we're the best in town at that, son.

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APPLAUSE

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-Nice, Chappelli.

-Thanks, Len.

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Just got a call for you from Sydney.

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Austin Robertson wants you to get on a plane

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-and says you've got a meeting.

-Right.

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Meeting with who? He was all secretive.

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-What's it all about?

-No idea, Len.

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-Chappelli.

-Kerry.

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What are you supposed to be, some kind of a fucking cowboy?

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-Austin.

-Kerry.

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How is it playing for little old North Melbourne after all the heights?

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-It's good. I enjoy it.

-Good.

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-Austin tell you what we're up to?

-Mm.

-Well, what do you think?

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-It's probably worth a shot.

-Good.

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So who do you want in this team of yours?

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Mine? Hang on, Kerry. I'm not captain any more.

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My brother's Australian captain at the moment.

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What do you think this is, son, a fucking democracy?

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I'm payin' the fucking bills, you're the fucking captain. Here.

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Have a look. See who else you want in this team.

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-Who put this together?

-I did.

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Chappell, Chappell, Chappell. This a family show, is it?

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Edwards, Hookes, Robinson, Brighty, McCosker, Davis.

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That's good. Fot.

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Hang on, where's Rowdy?

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No, I'm not paying for that fucking straight breaker.

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Kerry, he's good. He can bowl.

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Didn't you hear me? He's not getting a contract. Nor is Gary Cosier.

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Cosier's a good bat, Kerry.

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-Mm. OK.

-Good.

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Well, I have to say, it's about bloody time.

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-Something like this has been coming for a while.

-No, no, no.

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Not like this, son. None of the old-fashioned shit any more.

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I'm stacking it with speed bowlers.

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It will be a fucking revolution.

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Greig Chappell.

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Kerry loves him but if we go anywhere near him, he'll blab.

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-How do you know?

-We just can't take the chance.

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He likes things done by the book

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and if anyone's going to go to the board, it'll be him.

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So sign all the others first.

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Get them in the tent and then go for him.

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-What do you reckon, Dennis?

-He's the captain. You go to him last, you'll piss him off

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and he'll go to the board for sure. And they love him.

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-We could have him killed.

-Why don't I just hit him with it?

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-Lay it all on the line?

-No. It's too risky.

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You're elite, international sportsmen

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and you're getting fuck all.

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John Snow, a few years back, the world's best fast bowler,

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on the dole in the off-season.

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Couldn't feed himself off cricket.

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The 1970 tour of South Africa,

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the board makes a quarter of a million bucks' profit.

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The players put in for a pissy 500 bonus.

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-Knocked back flat.

-Now, here's the bit.

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The board can't know.

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If they get a whiff of what's going on, we're dead.

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You can't mention anything to them.

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I know you're the captain

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but this has to be totally secret for it to work.

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The whole thing has to stay undercover.

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That's it.

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I'm in.

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MUSIC: "Let's Stick Together" by Roxy Music

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# And now the marriage vow is very sacred

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# The man has put us together

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# Now you ought to make it stick together

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# Come on, come on and stick together

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# You know we made a vow

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# To leave one another never... #

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-Yeah, Dennis rang me about it. Who else have you got?

-Everyone.

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-What? No-one's said anything.

-Good. Don't you.

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-What about my wife?

-Don't tell her either.

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Centenary test next week. I'll have cheques for everyone after that.

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She's going to kill me.

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CHEERING

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The arrival here in Melbourne of Her Majesty the Queen.

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Willis again. Short. And he's pulled it off.

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It's hit him in the face.

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He's dragged it onto his wicket.

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McCosker spitting out some blood.

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Hookes is 40. Five for 227.

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He's got that round towards fine leg and it's going to be close.

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Underwood will get to it. No, he won't!

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Away it goes again. Beautiful shot.

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The young man on his first test is 48.

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And away it goes. Could be for his 50.

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Out towards the boundary, a beautiful shot. Four in a row.

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Off walks England's captain.

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52 to David Hookes. A brilliant performance.

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This is Randall.

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Good shot. Straight down the ground.

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CHEERING

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Another fine shot. Beautiful shot.

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Classic cover drive.

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Lillee's been brought back into the attack.

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And he's someone with a great deal of fire.

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Terrible looking shot, and he doffs his cap.

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He hung his bat out to dry.

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And that's hit him on the head and that's a bad one.

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There's an appeal, there.

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And an appeal for a caught, is it? He's walked.

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He's gone. Randall caught by Cosier.

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It's Cosier taking an absolutely brilliant catch.

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And that's it! It's LBW. Alan Knott is out.

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Lillee has struck again,

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to finish off this Test Match.

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Australia triumphant with a margin of 45 runs.

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CHEERING

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Congratulations, Greig.

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Ah, thank you, Tony. I was quietly confident.

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Bullshit, mate. It was this close.

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-HE LAUGHS

-Bacchus, well done.

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-Thanks, Greigy!

-Six for 26.

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-This is going to be an historic tour of England.

-Is it ever.

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Excuse me, Mr Parish.

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-Fot, your theatre tickets.

-Thanks, Ock.

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-Tony, can I see you for a tick?

-Sure.

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-I got someone in Sydney wants to meet you.

-Who?

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-McCosker. How's it feel?

-Oh, full of drugs mate.

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-Your theatre tickets, Doug.

-Oh, thanks, Ock.

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-G'day, Ray. Good to see you.

-Austin.

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-So what's that?

-Oh, it's just an invitation to something.

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What to?

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You're a nosy bastard, aren't you, Cosier?

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Hey? Open it.

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-Want another beer, big fella?

-Yeah.

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Yep, just over there.

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What's going on?

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As captains of your respective states,

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we thought we'd get you all in here

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to get a feel of the mood with the players.

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Five test matches between now and the end of August,

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and we all know how onerous a long tour of England can be.

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So, any concerns you want to bring up?

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No. Not really.

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-So how are the troops? All raring to go?

-Mm-hmm.

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-Excuse me, Mr Parish.

-Thanks, Kylie.

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-Tea, gentlemen?

-Mm. Thank you.

-It's a great squad.

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We're confident of a good result,

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especially after that terrific result in '75.

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-One bloody win?

-You kept the Ashes. That's what counts.

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Any complaints, any problems,

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anything anyone wants to say?

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No?

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-Nothing you want to tell us?

-Like what?

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Well, are we looking after you well enough?

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You all happy, hmm?

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-With the tour arrangements.

-Oh, yeah.

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-That's all...

-Yeah, we're very happy.

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Very good.

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I just want to say, we're proud of you blokes.

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It's an honour to represent you, it really is.

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-We're a great family.

-Oh, yeah.

-No doubt about that.

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Thank you.

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G'day, son. Good to see you again.

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-Hi, Kerry. You remember Bruce Francis?

-Yes.

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-We're working together.

-You were a bloody good bat, Francis.

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-Thanks, Kerry.

-I see Hookesy belted you for a few.

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-Thank you.

-Rose, I've got to see Kerry.

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-We've got a tax problem.

-Sorry, Mr Warner, he's busy.

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You're joking. This is important. Who's he got in there?

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I can't tell you that. You'll have to come back later.

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-Well, this can't wait.

-NO!

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Oh, for God's sake!

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-We talked about something like this last year.

-I remember.

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They respect you, son. You can sign 'em up.

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-You can get the South Africans and the West Indians.

-OK.

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And you're sworn to secrecy.

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I don't care about the money, Kerry. I've got my sponsorships.

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-I'm doing fine.

-Good. So sign.

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I went straight from school into professional cricket, Kerry.

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I've never had a job. I want one with your organisation.

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Done. I'll pay you 25 grand a year.

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Do we have a deal?

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And a loan, to help him buy a house in Sydney.

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As much as he wants. 2%. Is that it?

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Is the contract with Consolidated Press?

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No, it's with JP Sport. But don't worry, he'll get every penny.

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Can we have your personal guarantee on that?

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Personal...fuckin'...guarantee.

0:22:280:22:31

In writing. And I'll need a solicitor to look over it.

0:22:310:22:34

Where the hell did you get this bloke?

0:22:340:22:37

I sold the Telegraph to Murdoch in the back-seat of a taxi

0:22:370:22:41

for 15 million

0:22:410:22:43

and this idiot wants my guarantee in writing for a lousy 40 grand.

0:22:430:22:47

-I don't mean to be difficult...

-No, no, no, take him to the next room

0:22:470:22:50

and go over that with a magnifying glass if you want.

0:22:500:22:53

Meanwhile, I'll sit here on my fat arse

0:22:530:22:56

pretending to tremble whether you're going to sign or not.

0:22:560:22:59

And then when you're done playing big dick businessman,

0:22:590:23:01

get back in here and fucking sign it!

0:23:010:23:03

The Australian cricket team is off to England

0:23:240:23:26

to start start their three-month Ashes tour,

0:23:260:23:29

fresh from their victory over England

0:23:290:23:31

in the Melbourne Centenary Test.

0:23:310:23:33

Australia will play a rejuvenated England

0:23:330:23:35

under the captaincy of Tony Greig,

0:23:350:23:37

who has lifted the team to new heights since taking the helm.

0:23:370:23:40

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:23:540:23:56

Right, boys.

0:24:060:24:09

In a surprise move, the Australian squad did not include Dennis Lillee.

0:24:130:24:18

The champion fast bowler is reported to have stress fractures

0:24:180:24:21

of the back and will take time off cricket for recuperation.

0:24:210:24:24

The Australian team will be led by Greig Chappell,

0:24:240:24:28

and will play three warm-up matches before the first test.

0:24:280:24:31

I've got someone coming in, son, and I want you there. He's important.

0:24:330:24:36

We're going to have to get you into a tie, son.

0:24:360:24:39

I don't wear ties, Kerry.

0:24:390:24:41

What do you mean, you don't? I just told you, he's important.

0:24:410:24:44

Now get a bloody tie and start looking decent for people.

0:24:440:24:47

When you work for me, you wear a fuckin' tie.

0:24:470:24:49

-I'll buy you some, how's that?

-I don't work for you, Kerry.

0:24:490:24:52

I make programmes for you which, incidentally, win the ratings.

0:24:520:24:55

-And I don't wear ties for anyone.

-Now you listen to me, Cornell.

0:24:550:24:59

If we're gonna work together on this fucking cricket,

0:24:590:25:01

you're gonna start wearing ties...

0:25:010:25:03

Here he is! Richie, how are you, my friend? Good to see you again.

0:25:030:25:06

-Good to see you again, Kerry.

-Richie, this is John Cornell.

0:25:060:25:09

Cornell, this is Richie Benaud. Watch out for him, Richie.

0:25:090:25:12

He's a smart young bloke, but not smart enough to take good advice.

0:25:120:25:16

-Like what?

-Oh, I was just telling him that when he comes to work,

0:25:160:25:19

he should wear a nice tie like you and me.

0:25:190:25:22

He's wearing my favourite outfit, actually. Nice slacks, smart jacket.

0:25:220:25:26

He looks fine.

0:25:260:25:28

Asif Iqbal, Alvin Kallicharan...

0:25:300:25:32

Mushtaq Mohammad, Viv Richards.

0:25:320:25:35

Impressive, I must say. How many do you have in total?

0:25:350:25:38

-35.

-35?

-Including the South Africans.

0:25:380:25:41

-We've got Pollock, Richards, Barlow, Procter.

-Unbelievable.

0:25:410:25:45

-I haven't heard a word of this.

-Somehow they kept quiet.

0:25:450:25:48

Richie, you and Daphne, I want to sign you both as consultants.

0:25:480:25:53

Think of yourself as a tactician.

0:25:530:25:55

You know the cricket board better than anyone.

0:25:550:25:58

Ah, the board. This is going to be difficult.

0:25:580:26:01

They're very old school.

0:26:010:26:04

You have to start thinking like them.

0:26:040:26:07

Maybe you should start wearing a tie.

0:26:070:26:10

MUSIC: "Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' Tears

0:26:120:26:15

# Doing all right

0:26:250:26:27

# A little jiving on a Saturday night

0:26:280:26:31

# And come what may

0:26:320:26:35

# Gonna dance the day away... #

0:26:360:26:39

-Oi. Have you signed yet?

-Signed what?

0:26:390:26:43

Don't worry about it, mate. It's all right.

0:26:470:26:50

Come on, watch the line!

0:26:500:26:53

LOUD CHATTER

0:26:550:26:57

-Lenny! How are you, mate?

-Good, fellas.

0:27:090:27:12

Piss off, boys, all right?

0:27:120:27:15

Now the blokes need a bit of a break.

0:27:150:27:17

They don't want journos hanging around.

0:27:170:27:20

-Just got a quick question for you, Len.

-Yeah?

0:27:200:27:22

After this tour, next Aussie summer, what's going on back home?

0:27:220:27:27

-We got India coming, you know that.

-No, some cricket carnival.

0:27:270:27:31

Lillee, Ian Chappell. What's all that about?

0:27:310:27:33

No idea, but Dennis might not be up to it by then.

0:27:330:27:36

-We heard he's not that injured.

-What? What cricket carnival?

0:27:360:27:39

-And Chappelli's retired.

-See, that's not what we heard.

0:27:390:27:43

He said something vague to me about the possibility of a comeback.

0:27:430:27:46

I've got no details. I don't know what you're talking about.

0:27:460:27:49

-That's what we thought.

-Let's go have a word to Bacchus, mate.

0:27:490:27:52

Hey, have you signed yet?

0:28:010:28:04

Signed what?

0:28:040:28:06

You too, huh? I don't know. What's going on?

0:28:060:28:11

What do you mean?

0:28:110:28:13

I don't know. Something.

0:28:130:28:15

Warner. Sit down.

0:28:210:28:23

This cricket thing's warming up. I want you in to manage it.

0:28:230:28:26

-What cricket thing?

-Don't piss around.

0:28:260:28:29

I know you know. Who told ya?

0:28:290:28:31

-Kerry, I...

-Fuck that. Anyway, you're running it.

0:28:310:28:34

I'll up you five grand.

0:28:340:28:35

Stay in close contact with Richie Benaud.

0:28:350:28:37

He knows what he's doing.

0:28:370:28:39

He's written a letter to the board. We'll taxi it to them.

0:28:390:28:42

Cornell and I will have a press release ready to go.

0:28:420:28:45

-Rose, what the hell are you wearing?

-Don't you like it?

0:28:450:28:48

You look a sack of potatoes.

0:28:480:28:51

Get us some lunch, will you?

0:28:510:28:53

-Some hamburgers and a couple of milkshakes.

-Yes, Mr Packer.

0:28:530:28:57

-You blokes want anything?

-I've gotta go.

-Righto.

0:28:570:29:00

Right, I'll gird the loins. Thanks, Kerry.

0:29:020:29:05

You'll be cursing me before this is over, son.

0:29:070:29:10

-It sounds like it's a fait accompli.

-What are you, fucking educated?

0:29:100:29:13

I mean it's a done deal.

0:29:130:29:16

I know what it means, son, and it's not.

0:29:160:29:18

They'll be back at us.

0:29:180:29:20

The question is, what have they got to fight with?

0:29:200:29:23

History. A hundred years of it.

0:29:230:29:25

SHE SOBS

0:29:290:29:32

-Rose?

-Go away.

0:29:320:29:35

-All the best.

-You too, mate.

-Ah, tails.

0:29:520:29:56

OK, we'll bat.

0:29:560:29:58

-Gentlemen, all the best.

-All the best.

-Thank you.

0:29:580:30:00

THUNDER CLAP

0:30:000:30:02

Don't know if you'll be batting anytime soon.

0:30:020:30:05

Ah, just means the party starts early. All you guys coming?

0:30:050:30:08

-Oh, yes. You bet.

-THUNDER CLAP

0:30:080:30:10

# Hey, senorita

0:30:140:30:16

# Why don't you let me take you home?

0:30:170:30:21

# Oh, little girl

0:30:210:30:23

# Why don't you let me take you home... #

0:30:250:30:27

-What have you got?

-Nothing new. But they're all half pissed.

0:30:300:30:34

We just keep at them.

0:30:340:30:36

Look, I heard it's not going to be a one-off.

0:30:360:30:38

-They want to play a whole season.

-Who told you that?

0:30:380:30:40

It doesn't make any sense. They'll be busy playing Tests against India.

0:30:400:30:44

-No, I think they're jumping. They're leaving Test cricket.

-Christ.

0:30:440:30:47

-Have you seen Tony Greig?

-No, not for a bit.

0:30:470:30:49

-Hey Bacchus!

-Bacchus.

0:30:490:30:52

-Hey, guys.

-Mate, we know it's on.

0:30:520:30:55

-Come on, what have you got?

-What's on?

0:30:550:30:57

Something. Anything. We won't quote ya.

0:30:570:31:00

No, no-one'll be quoting anyone.

0:31:000:31:02

You guys.

0:31:040:31:07

Oh, that went well.

0:31:070:31:09

-Afternoon, gentlemen.

-Clive.

-Clive.

0:31:090:31:11

-Glad to see the Downunder Fourth Estate represented.

-Fuck off!

0:31:110:31:14

So tell me, you haven't got a sniff of piracy in the ranks, have you?

0:31:140:31:18

Piracy? What do you mean?

0:31:180:31:21

-Clive.

-Excuse me. Good to see you.

0:31:210:31:25

Oh, mate. They've got something.

0:31:290:31:31

Shit, we've got to bust it tonight or they'll scoop us.

0:31:310:31:34

-There he is. Hang on, I'll grab him.

-Greig.

-Peter.

0:31:340:31:38

-Enjoying the party?

-Should be more of it, I reckon.

0:31:380:31:41

Mate, let me put something to you.

0:31:410:31:43

A professional troupe of cricketers,

0:31:430:31:45

put together by say some cricket promoter,

0:31:450:31:48

and they play outside the official sanctioned games for a lot of money.

0:31:480:31:51

-What do you think?

-It sounds interesting.

0:31:510:31:54

-Would you sign up for it?

-I'd have to find out more about it first.

0:31:540:31:57

And if you did, would you sign up for it?

0:31:570:32:00

-Well, like I said.

-Put you down as a yes?

0:32:000:32:02

Enjoy the party, Peter.

0:32:020:32:04

-Hookesy.

-Thank you.

0:32:040:32:07

-No worries. I want to ask you something.

-Mm-hmm.

0:32:070:32:11

-Kerry Packer. How well do you know him?

-I don't. I haven't met him yet.

0:32:110:32:15

-Yet? What do you mean?

-Oh, he wants to meet all the players.

0:32:150:32:19

-How come?

-Just being friendly.

0:32:190:32:22

He's paying them enough.

0:32:220:32:24

Yeah. What'd you get?

0:32:290:32:31

I'm not telling you that.

0:32:330:32:36

-What did Ian Chappell get?

-Oh, mate. A lot more than me.

0:32:360:32:41

-Yeah, right.

-Mm.

0:32:410:32:43

Right.

0:32:430:32:46

How many others signed?

0:32:490:32:51

-Now.

-Are we off? OK. Nice to meet you.

0:32:590:33:02

-Peter! What's going on?

-Sorry, Greigy.

0:33:040:33:06

Great party, mate. Got to go. Got to go.

0:33:060:33:10

Get onto Doug Insole or Tagge Webster, quick. We need a comment.

0:33:130:33:16

We should get in contact with the Australian Cricket Board as well.

0:33:160:33:18

No, deal with our board first. We'll worry about the Australians later.

0:33:180:33:22

PHONE RINGS

0:33:290:33:31

Yes! Peter McFarlane. Copy? Quick.

0:33:310:33:33

McFarlane. Yep, ready?

0:33:360:33:39

Hove, May eight.

0:33:390:33:41

Australian television magnate Kerry Packer

0:33:410:33:44

is bidding to set up a troupe of the world's, pos S, best cricketers

0:33:440:33:47

to play matches specifically for television.

0:33:470:33:50

Alan Sheill. Put me through to copy, will you?

0:33:500:33:53

Stop. New par.

0:33:530:33:55

Most of Australia's, pos S, current Test team has been approached

0:33:550:33:58

to join the troupe, comma...

0:33:580:34:01

-OK. London, Sunday.

-TV magnate...

0:34:010:34:03

Sir Douglas Frank Hewson Packer. Media proprietor. He's knighted.

0:34:030:34:09

Born 1906. Hang on, he's got to be younger than that.

0:34:090:34:12

-No, it's a Kerry.

-Kerry?

-Kerry Packer.

-He's not even here.

0:34:120:34:16

Anyway, Sir Frank's dead. I remember we ran something.

0:34:160:34:19

Ah, hold on. Sons Clyde, born 1935, and Kerry, bingo!

0:34:190:34:24

Born 1937.

0:34:240:34:27

-That's got to be him.

-He's a bloody nobody.

0:34:270:34:29

I'll ring Insole first. This'll be terrific.

0:34:290:34:31

They'll tear this bloke apart.

0:34:310:34:34

Mr Parish.

0:34:410:34:44

PHONE RINGS

0:34:480:34:50

Victorian Cricket Association. Yes, I'll just put you through.

0:34:500:34:55

-It's Mr Steele.

-Yeah, yeah? Yeah, I just saw it.

0:34:550:34:58

Victorian Cricket Association.

0:34:580:35:00

Oh, that bastard. At least he could have let us know.

0:35:000:35:03

Yes, sir. I'll put you through right away.

0:35:030:35:05

No, of course not. Impossible.

0:35:050:35:07

It's Sir Donald.

0:35:070:35:10

Sir Donald.

0:35:100:35:11

-EXCITED CHATTER

-Mr Packer!

-Please.

0:35:500:35:53

Mr Packer, is it true you've signed 20 cricketers to your rebel group?

0:35:530:35:58

We've signed exactly 35.

0:35:580:35:59

We'll be signing more in the future, possibly.

0:35:590:36:02

ALL: Mr Packer! Mr Packer!

0:36:020:36:04

Mr Packer, you collected most of your players in secret.

0:36:040:36:07

Does that mean you don't intend to cooperate or work

0:36:070:36:10

with the cricket authorities?

0:36:100:36:12

I've done all I can to cooperate with the Australian Cricket Board.

0:36:120:36:15

I was willing to pay big money to cover cricket

0:36:150:36:17

but they blocked me at every turn.

0:36:170:36:19

So now...we're doing our own thing.

0:36:190:36:22

Well, what does that mean, exactly? Are you declaring a cricket war?

0:36:220:36:26

Well, if this is a war,

0:36:260:36:28

it's been brought on by the cricket authorities, not by me.

0:36:280:36:31

-ALL: Mr Packer. Mr Packer! Mr Packer!

-McFarlane at the Age.

0:36:310:36:34

Mr Packer, have you read the latest comments by the Chairman

0:36:340:36:37

of the Australian Cricket Board, Bob Parish?

0:36:370:36:40

-Yes, I'm aware of what he said.

-Any comment?

0:36:400:36:42

Yes. Mr Parish doesn't like me, and I'm not mad about Parish.

0:36:420:36:46

-ALL: Mr Packer, Mr Packer.

-Yes?

0:36:460:36:48

Will you continue to operate in secret,

0:36:480:36:51

and how will this impact Test cricket?

0:36:510:36:53

Well, if the cricket boards cooperate,

0:36:530:36:55

there's no reason why Test cricket will be affected at all.

0:36:550:36:58

If they don't cooperate, they'll walk straight into a meat mangler.

0:36:580:37:01

ALL: Mr Packer!

0:37:010:37:03

Mr Greig. Mr Greig, as Captain of the England cricket team,

0:37:030:37:07

you recruited many of Mr Packer's players.

0:37:070:37:11

Do you feel like a traitor to English cricket?

0:37:110:37:14

Not at all. The players were all happy to sign up.

0:37:170:37:19

Eager to. What I've tried to do

0:37:190:37:22

is help provide some security for my fellow players.

0:37:220:37:25

Now, I'm sure that all this can be sorted out and World Series Cricket

0:37:250:37:28

and Test cricket can exist happily side by side.

0:37:280:37:31

ALL: Mr Packer! Mr Packer!

0:37:310:37:32

Mr Packer, how many cricket games do you intend to

0:37:320:37:35

schedule in the Australian summer?

0:37:350:37:37

-Don't answer that.

-We're not sure at the moment.

0:37:370:37:39

There'll be a number of Test matches followed by a series

0:37:390:37:42

-of one-day games.

-Hang on, the Test matches.

0:37:420:37:45

Surely they're not Test matches. I mean, they are games of cricket...

0:37:450:37:48

Call 'em what you want

0:37:480:37:49

but they'll be played by the best Test players in the world.

0:37:490:37:52

-Who on earth is that?

-Who?

0:37:520:37:54

-The pushy little blonde chap.

-I have no idea.

0:37:540:37:57

I've never seen him before. Is he an administrator?

0:37:570:37:59

His name's John Cornell.

0:37:590:38:01

Where's he from?

0:38:030:38:05

Kalgoorlie.

0:38:050:38:07

Austin, it's Gavin. Sure, no problem.

0:38:080:38:11

Yep, good. Joel Garner. Got him.

0:38:110:38:14

Yes. Wait a tick.

0:38:160:38:19

Here he is.

0:38:210:38:23

You boys are working overtime!

0:38:230:38:25

Great!

0:38:270:38:28

Yes, I'm on a plane this afternoon.

0:38:280:38:31

I'll see you the day after tomorrow.

0:38:310:38:33

I want to meet with Tony Greig. Yep. Bye.

0:38:330:38:38

-There you go. How many is that now?

-49.

0:38:440:38:47

"And trampling on the sacred traditions of the game.

0:39:050:39:08

"This money-hungry mercenary, aided by English cricket traitor

0:39:080:39:11

"Tony Greig, is holding the game to ransom.

0:39:110:39:14

-"This cricket circus will never be..."

-Circus?

0:39:140:39:17

"..will never be able to match Test Cricket in any way.

0:39:170:39:20

"The English cricket establishment is almost certain

0:39:200:39:22

"to move to sabotage Mr Packer's ill-thought-out sporting venture.

0:39:220:39:26

"As the supreme body for international cricket,

0:39:260:39:28

"the ICC has the ability to..."

0:39:280:39:30

-Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.

-It's true, though.

0:39:300:39:33

HE SIGHS

0:39:330:39:35

-What's that one?

-Just more crap.

-Read it.

0:39:390:39:42

"The power behind this cowardly sneak attack on cricket

0:39:490:39:52

"is Mr Kerry Packer, an overweight Australian blimp who not only

0:39:520:39:56

"looks like a hammerhead shark but acts like one.

0:39:560:39:58

"With not even a nod to the fine traditions of the game,

0:39:580:40:01

"this lumbering philistine has used his millions to destroy..."

0:40:010:40:04

Et cetera.

0:40:040:40:06

Jeez!

0:40:070:40:09

-They don't hold back, do they?

-Bugger 'em, Kerry.

0:40:090:40:14

-We just stick with it. We're going OK.

-Is that right?

0:40:140:40:18

We got a bunch of fucking players, no itinerary,

0:40:180:40:21

no marketing plan and no complete management structure.

0:40:210:40:25

We've got no fucking grounds to play on. Where's Warner?

0:40:250:40:29

He'll be here tomorrow.

0:40:290:40:31

You know, we, ah, still might be able to talk to these boards.

0:40:350:40:40

Benaud reckons I should.

0:40:420:40:44

I don't see how, after that press conference.

0:40:440:40:48

Well, I've written letters to the Australian board and the ICC,

0:40:480:40:51

you know, to try and talk peace to them.

0:40:510:40:53

Well, I've gotta give it a shot.

0:40:530:40:55

HE SIGHS

0:40:580:41:00

"Blimp!"

0:41:020:41:05

How much is it, mate?

0:41:130:41:14

-You an Aussie, then?

-Yeah, that's right.

0:41:140:41:17

Yeah, no charge for you, lad. Enjoy the cricket.

0:41:170:41:20

-Well, thank you. Thanks a lot.

-You're welcome.

0:41:200:41:23

I just wanted to meet you and talk over a few things.

0:41:250:41:29

-Yeah.

-Bu t don't worry, it can wait till later.

0:41:290:41:31

I know you're pretty busy right now.

0:41:310:41:33

Oh, no, no, no, it's fine.

0:41:330:41:35

I heard they sacked you as England captain this morning.

0:41:350:41:38

-I'm sorry.

-Yes.

0:41:380:41:41

Well, I kind of expected it.

0:41:410:41:43

-At least you're still playing for England.

-Yeah. And Sussex.

0:41:450:41:49

I like this cricket. Well, gotta go.

0:41:490:41:52

-I'll meet you back at the hotel.

-Right.

0:41:520:41:55

BOOING

0:41:580:42:00

-You the lad talking to fucking Tony Greig, were you?

-Yes, I was.

0:42:110:42:15

-Friend of yours, is he?

-Well, not really.

0:42:150:42:19

Yeah, he's a fucking traitor.

0:42:190:42:21

-You know that Aussie, Packer?

-I work for him.

0:42:210:42:24

Do ya? Ten quid.

0:42:240:42:25

You're kidding. I was only here 20 minutes.

0:42:250:42:28

Ten fucking quid, come on.

0:42:280:42:31

And you can tell your mate Tony fucking Greig

0:42:320:42:34

he'll be charged double next time he turns up.

0:42:340:42:37

Now fuck off.

0:42:370:42:39

How does that apply to you, first of all, Robin?

0:42:430:42:46

Do you feel that this whole incident

0:42:460:42:49

is the way that Kerry's described it?

0:42:490:42:51

That it shows Tony Greig as a man of honour?

0:42:510:42:54

No, I don't. I think he's a fool.

0:42:540:42:56

But David, I want to talk about Mr Packer.

0:42:560:42:59

This man does not know how to behave.

0:42:590:43:01

For instance, he has made Tony Greig do a dishonest thing.

0:43:010:43:05

Our life, of which cricket is a part, is made up of behaviour,

0:43:050:43:10

and how you behave is how you're judged.

0:43:100:43:13

What Tony Greig has done is totally unforgiveable.

0:43:130:43:17

You see, I don't understand that, you see. I don't.

0:43:170:43:20

No, you don't, you see. That's just the trouble with you.

0:43:200:43:23

-He's confident, eh?

-Who's that other guy?

0:43:230:43:27

This man's intervention is absolutely tearing the guts out of cricket.

0:43:270:43:32

I fail to see in any way how Mr Packer's intervention

0:43:320:43:36

is welcome to our cricket here.

0:43:360:43:38

Whether it's welcome here or not, there are 35 players

0:43:380:43:40

to start with who want to be in it, and they are the judges.

0:43:400:43:44

These people have given long service to cricket

0:43:440:43:47

and I believe they're entitled to make a decent living out of it.

0:43:470:43:50

APPLAUSE No, I'm sorry.

0:43:500:43:52

I'm sorry to hear people clapping

0:43:520:43:54

because that is the man that does not care about our Test cricket.

0:43:540:43:58

This is about the boards.

0:43:580:44:00

What I fail to understand is their blind reluctance

0:44:000:44:02

to be informed about what I'm doing so they can make a balanced decision.

0:44:020:44:06

Why not talk to me while I'm here?

0:44:060:44:08

Because maybe they don't like your attitude. How about that?

0:44:080:44:11

-Well, I think that's highly likely.

-APPLAUSE

0:44:110:44:13

David, we still haven't got across the point,

0:44:130:44:17

if this circus comes along to take the cream off...

0:44:170:44:20

It's arrived, boss.

0:44:200:44:22

It has not arrived. He's arrived.

0:44:220:44:24

That is a nonsense statement.

0:44:240:44:27

The players have signed up. They're there.

0:44:270:44:29

They'll be in Australia in November and playing in the Supertests.

0:44:290:44:33

Now don't pretend they haven't arrived.

0:44:330:44:35

-Do you think the Supertests should go on?

-AUDIENCE: Yes!

0:44:350:44:38

-Or should they be stopped?

-AUDIENCE: No! No!

0:44:380:44:40

Well, that seems to be the vote. We'll leave it there.

0:44:400:44:43

-Goodnight.

-APPLAUSE

0:44:430:44:46

So, who did the selecting, anyway?

0:44:490:44:51

Did Packer choose everyone, did he?

0:44:510:44:54

Oh, it's done, mate. Leave it alone.

0:44:540:44:56

You and me, we're good enough to play for Australia but not for him, is that it?

0:44:560:45:00

Oh, g'day, you blokes. Handsome fellas.

0:45:000:45:03

-Bacchus.

-What's going on? We're gonna get something to eat.

0:45:030:45:06

-You coming in?

-Yeah.

-Yeah?

0:45:060:45:09

G'day, Lizzy, darling. How are you?

0:45:090:45:11

Can we just get a couple of jugs?

0:45:110:45:13

-You coming, Cose?

-Oh, I'll see you in there.

-Righto.

0:45:170:45:21

In sport, the International Cricket Conference

0:45:260:45:29

is to meet in London this week.

0:45:290:45:31

The ICC chairman, Tagge Webster,

0:45:310:45:33

has convened a special meeting of the world's cricket authorities

0:45:330:45:37

to combat the latest threat to the sport.

0:45:370:45:39

The ICC yesterday issued a communique declaring it as,

0:45:390:45:42

"The sole promoter of international cricket",

0:45:420:45:44

following the news that 49 of the world's leading players

0:45:440:45:48

have signed to a rebel group.

0:45:480:45:51

I got a charming letter from Packer today.

0:45:510:45:53

He wants to meet up while we're here and work something out.

0:45:530:45:56

-Great. Let's do it.

-I also had a call from the Don.

0:45:560:45:58

-Oh, God.

-He said no compromise.

0:45:580:46:00

Let's get stuck right into this bloke.

0:46:000:46:03

That'd be right. So what'd you say to Packer?

0:46:030:46:06

What could I say? I told him to bugger off.

0:46:060:46:09

-The Don should be here.

-No, he's much too smart for that.

0:46:090:46:14

Players from England, Australia, the West Indies and Pakistan.

0:46:140:46:17

In Kingston, Sir Garfield Sobers has announced

0:46:170:46:20

he is to act as a consultant to the rebel group.

0:46:200:46:23

In other news,

0:46:230:46:25

Tommy Docherty has stood down as manager of Manchester United.

0:46:250:46:28

Docherty, who led the club to its recent 2-1 win

0:46:280:46:31

against Liverpool in the FA Cup final, has cited personal...

0:46:310:46:34

-Gentlemen.

-Mr Packer. Are you enjoying London?

0:47:150:47:20

Well, I would have enjoyed it more if you hadn't kept me here twiddling my thumbs for a week.

0:47:200:47:25

So, Mr Packer, would you like to outline your proposals for us?

0:47:250:47:31

No, I wouldn't. I'm not here to put proposals.

0:47:320:47:35

I'm here to see if we can work out some sort of a compromise.

0:47:350:47:39

-And what would that entail?

-Do you know what a compromise is?

0:47:390:47:43

Please Mr Packer, I feel...

0:47:430:47:45

It's when two people get together to work out a deal.

0:47:450:47:48

Both sides give a bit and they reach an agreement.

0:47:480:47:51

I'm here looking for a compromise.

0:47:510:47:53

-Good. Then let's start, shall we?

-I'd appreciate it.

0:47:550:48:00

One, no player will participate in privately-promoted matches

0:48:040:48:08

unless given specific permission from local authorities.

0:48:080:48:12

Two, no privately-promoted 11

0:48:140:48:16

can be represented as a national team.

0:48:160:48:19

Three, players taking part in privately-promoted matches

0:48:190:48:23

are to be made available for official matches if there is no clash.

0:48:230:48:28

Four, no cricket series run by a private promoter

0:48:280:48:33

will run for longer than six weeks.

0:48:330:48:36

And five, any and all privately-promoted programmes

0:48:360:48:42

will be under total control of the local cricket authorities.

0:48:420:48:47

Yes.

0:48:590:49:01

OK.

0:49:030:49:06

I can compromise on those points.

0:49:070:49:10

-How about if we set up a working committee?

-Excellent. Let's do that.

0:49:100:49:15

Look, you lot can have all my players, all 49 of them.

0:49:150:49:20

The boards can run the games and we can all get on with playing cricket.

0:49:200:49:25

But you will agree

0:49:250:49:27

there'll be no more victimising of the players I've signed.

0:49:270:49:32

Tony Greig being stripped of the England captaincy, for example.

0:49:320:49:36

No more of that.

0:49:360:49:38

And I get exclusive right to televise Australian Test cricket

0:49:380:49:43

when the present arrangement expires.

0:49:430:49:46

Tell you what, gentlemen. Why don't you have a think about it?

0:50:000:50:05

We'll take a bit of a look around outside.

0:50:050:50:07

Oh, it's beautiful, isn't it?

0:50:160:50:18

I was here with my father and Clyde.

0:50:210:50:24

I missed seeing you play back in '61.

0:50:260:50:29

Kerry, we need to think about what we're doing.

0:50:290:50:32

No, I saw you take five for 13 at Old Trafford.

0:50:320:50:36

We need to think fast about who we put on this working committee.

0:50:360:50:40

Oh, there's something magic about it.

0:50:430:50:45

This is the heart.

0:50:530:50:56

Right here.

0:50:580:51:00

It's not just a game.

0:51:030:51:06

It's something...

0:51:070:51:10

..more.

0:51:130:51:14

Kerry, did you hear what I said?

0:51:140:51:18

My father didn't love much in his life.

0:51:210:51:25

He liked boats, he liked horses...

0:51:270:51:31

..but he loved cricket.

0:51:350:51:37

-Mr Packer!

-What do you reckon?

0:51:390:51:42

Do you think they bought it?

0:51:420:51:44

Course they have. I've offered them a fucking gift.

0:51:440:51:48

It is the unanimous view of all member countries

0:51:520:51:56

of the International Cricket Council...

0:51:560:51:59

..that they cannot give any commitment

0:52:010:52:05

to exclusive television rights.

0:52:050:52:07

Do you agree to that?

0:52:100:52:13

I'm sorry.

0:52:180:52:20

But I am willing to keep discussions open.

0:52:220:52:25

No, that's not acceptable.

0:52:280:52:31

-EXCITED CHATTER

-That's it.

0:52:360:52:39

Had I gotten those TV rights I was willing to withdraw from the scene

0:52:390:52:44

and leave the running of cricket to the board.

0:52:440:52:46

I'll take no steps now to help anyone.

0:52:460:52:50

It's every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost.

0:52:500:52:53

It's war, Douglas.

0:53:080:53:10

We'll have to stop this before it gets off the ground.

0:53:100:53:13

-How, exactly?

-Divide and conquer.

0:53:130:53:17

We'll drive a wedge between this man and his players.

0:53:180:53:21

And we use our best weapon, cricket.

0:53:210:53:24

And we'll bring the lawyers in. Our lawyers.

0:53:250:53:28

It's such a pity. He doesn't understand what he's doing.

0:53:290:53:33

He's impressive, Tagge.

0:53:330:53:35

No, he's not. He's a barbarian.

0:53:350:53:39

He doesn't realise this is not just a game.

0:53:400:53:43

It's something more than that.

0:53:450:53:48

-Oh, Mr Packer, David Hill's arrived.

-Good. Hill.

0:53:550:53:59

-Mr Packer.

-Warner tells me you're a fucking hotshot. That right?

0:53:590:54:02

-Well...

-I've seen your Sportsnight programme

0:54:020:54:06

and I want you doing that here, at nine.

0:54:060:54:08

Did he fill you in on the cricket?

0:54:080:54:10

Yes, he did. It sounds very exciting.

0:54:100:54:12

-Good. Rose, get us some food in here, will you?

-Yes, Mr Packer.

0:54:120:54:15

You're not at the ABC now, son.

0:54:150:54:18

So I want you to start thinking of better ways of filming these games.

0:54:180:54:22

I'm sick of looking at the back of batsmen's arses, for one thing.

0:54:220:54:26

-Rose, not food. A salad. With meat.

-Yes, Mr Packer.

0:54:260:54:30

-Lean meat.

-Yes, Mr Packer.

0:54:310:54:34

And what about directors? You got them yet?

0:54:340:54:37

I've approached John Crilly and Brian Morelli.

0:54:370:54:40

They're both very keen to come on board.

0:54:400:54:42

Yeah, well I've never fucking heard of them.

0:54:420:54:44

But if you think they're good, get 'em.

0:54:440:54:47

Welcome aboard, son.

0:54:470:54:49

-How far out of fucking town are we?

-16 miles.

0:55:110:55:14

Jesus Christ!

0:55:150:55:17

What do you think?

0:55:220:55:24

It's not bad, apart from the fact we're in the middle of buggery.

0:55:240:55:28

Jesus, look at that mess.

0:55:320:55:35

How are those wickets going?

0:55:370:55:40

Well, they've started growing at least.

0:55:400:55:42

-Kerry.

-What?

0:55:500:55:52

Night-time cricket.

0:55:570:56:00

We only play English times.

0:56:050:56:07

Hot places like us and India

0:56:070:56:09

playing cricket in 110 degree heat, middle of the day.

0:56:090:56:12

-It's bloody madness.

-That's true, son.

0:56:120:56:15

England runs cricket. Why? Why keep following old English traditions?

0:56:150:56:19

We should do it our own bloody way.

0:56:190:56:20

Limited over one-dayers. We play them at night. Bang!

0:56:200:56:24

Yes, but a night game would finish too late.

0:56:240:56:26

We'd have to do half day, half night. You want a drink?

0:56:260:56:30

Ah, yeah.

0:56:300:56:32

We start in the afternoon when kids finish school and later,

0:56:320:56:35

just switch the lights on. Finish at ten.

0:56:350:56:38

Yes, that'll fucking work, son. You know why?

0:56:390:56:41

Women and kids will come.

0:56:410:56:44

We've only got one ground with lights.

0:56:440:56:47

-Yeah, we'll get more.

-Where?

-Dunno yet.

0:56:470:56:49

OK. ABC, the BBC with a single camera here. This is where they shoot from.

0:56:560:57:00

Kerry reckons he's sick of looking at batsmen's arses.

0:57:000:57:03

-So he said.

-Aren't we all.

0:57:030:57:05

Right, so here's our base point, yeah?

0:57:050:57:07

Set camera one here, camera two over there, camera three

0:57:070:57:11

on the opposite side over there, camera four up the other end.

0:57:110:57:15

We get stumpings, run outs, the lot.

0:57:150:57:18

-What do you think, John?

-Yeah. Yeah, good.

0:57:180:57:22

-How's it look?

-It's gonna be tops.

0:57:310:57:34

-Five cameras.

-Five? I thought you said four.

0:57:340:57:37

-No, five's better.

-And Colin, we've got this great idea.

0:57:370:57:41

-What?

-Sound. Record 'em at the wicket.

0:57:410:57:44

You can hear the whole bloody thing.

0:57:440:57:46

OK, get the guys to sound off one at a time.

0:57:520:57:55

RADIO: Clear. Clear. Clear. Looking good.

0:57:570:58:00

-OK, all good.

-Right. Wicket mics.

0:58:010:58:04

How's that for you, Brian?

0:58:060:58:09

-RADIO: Clear as a bell.

-Good.

0:58:090:58:11

Er, what if it rains?

0:58:110:58:14

-What's moisture going to do to them?

-Yeah, it'll kill it.

0:58:150:58:18

Well we can't put a roof over the bloody thing.

0:58:180:58:21

-RADIO: Hey, Warren!

-What?

0:58:220:58:24

Well, it's definitely sticking up more now.

0:58:380:58:41

-That feels much better.

-More erect.

0:58:410:58:44

And it'll save problems later. THEY LAUGH

0:58:440:58:47

You, erm, getting this, Brian?

0:58:470:58:49

RADIO: Oh, I'm feeling it mate.

0:58:490:58:51

They're growing better than we thought. They'll be great pitches.

0:58:530:58:56

That's good work, John.

0:59:000:59:02

-How do you get them in place?

-Ah, we haven't worked that out yet.

0:59:040:59:08

Well, if they weigh 25 tonnes it might be a good fucking idea.

0:59:080:59:11

Well, the problem is getting them into the centre of the oval without damaging the outfield.

0:59:110:59:16

We can't just drag them out there with a tractor.

0:59:160:59:18

-So, what's the plan?

-We're thinking maybe a hovercraft.

0:59:180:59:23

Bullshit.

0:59:230:59:25

-Oh, it might be possible.

-Hovercraft?

0:59:250:59:28

Jesus Christ, who thought that one up?

0:59:280:59:30

Look, I don't care if you use flying fucking saucers.

0:59:360:59:39

I want to be able to bowl a ball on these things by October.

0:59:390:59:42

Notwithstanding anything herein before contained,

0:59:450:59:49

the International Cricket Conference,

0:59:490:59:51

determined to oppose to the maximum extent

0:59:510:59:54

the series of exhibition matches arranged to take place

0:59:540:59:57

in the forthcoming Australian summer, has resolved unanimously -

0:59:571:00:01

one, that these matches will not be rated as first class matches

1:00:011:00:06

and will not appear in the official record.

1:00:061:00:09

Two, on October 1st this year,

1:00:091:00:12

any player still signed with a private promoter

1:00:121:00:15

will be deemed a disapproved person.

1:00:151:00:18

Three, any match arranged by Mr Kerry Packer

1:00:181:00:21

or Mr Richie Benaud or associated companies will be disapproved.

1:00:211:00:26

Four, all players who sign with a private promoter

1:00:261:00:29

will face a total ban from Test and domestic cricket,

1:00:291:00:33

such ban to be applied by local authorities. Thank you.

1:00:331:00:38

Banned! That's it! We see them in court.

1:00:381:00:42

And we schedule the Supertest

1:00:421:00:44

the same fucking day as the board's Tests.

1:00:441:00:47

From now on, no matter what, no-one's available to play for them.

1:00:471:00:50

No-one! I'll show those bastards what a ban is, see how they cope.

1:00:501:00:54

-Oh, Mr Packer. Jeff Thomson's agent rang.

-Yeah, I'll bet he did.

1:00:541:00:58

-He's gone, Kerry. And it gets worse.

-What?

1:00:581:01:01

Alvin Kallicharran and Viv Richards are pulling out as well.

1:01:011:01:04

BASTARDS!

1:01:041:01:05

OK, we sue 'em! I'll chase those pricks through every court there is!

1:01:051:01:09

It might not be a good idea. I think softly, softly might be a better approach, Kerry.

1:01:091:01:13

Richie? Fuck 'em! I'll leave 'em barefoot and bankrupt.

1:01:131:01:16

And as for this agent, this David Lord bastard.

1:01:161:01:19

Have you heard this? Listen to this shit.

1:01:191:01:21

You fucking read it!

1:01:211:01:23

"This will be the beginning of an exodus from the Packer circus."

1:01:231:01:26

Packer fucking circus again!

1:01:261:01:28

"The players had followed each other like sheep,

1:01:281:01:30

"but now they've had an attack of brains."

1:01:301:01:32

-I'm going after him too.

-Ah, Kerry...

-SHUT UP!

1:01:321:01:35

I'm going back to London.

1:01:401:01:42

Try and arrange having a go at them in court.

1:01:421:01:44

You're coming with me. You too, Chappelli.

1:01:441:01:47

ROSE! What is this shit?

1:01:471:01:50

It's your usual. It's your chicken...

1:01:501:01:52

-Fuck!

-LOUD CRASH

1:01:521:01:55

Get me some fucking pies or something, will ya?

1:01:551:01:58

And you, what are you doing about those pitches?

1:01:581:02:01

-The Sydney Cricket...

-What are you fucking doing?

1:02:011:02:03

-I'm giving the board a shot. I'm hopeful.

-Hopeful!

1:02:031:02:06

-What fucking good is that? I want that ground.

-Sure.

1:02:061:02:10

What about umpires? You got any of them yet?

1:02:101:02:12

Do your fucking job, why don't you?

1:02:121:02:15

Yeah, we knew they'd come at us. Kerry certainly did.

1:02:261:02:29

Well, what's he gonna do about it?

1:02:291:02:31

Well, we just have to trust him, that he knows what he's doing.

1:02:311:02:34

No-one knows what they're doing. That's the point.

1:02:341:02:36

No-one thought we'd get banned.

1:02:361:02:37

"Disapproved persons." What is this, the 19th century?

1:02:371:02:40

But Thommo, you're fully approved though, aren't you, mate?

1:02:401:02:43

-You can keep playing. Bloody good for you.

-Guys, I had to.

1:02:431:02:46

I've got a contract for 4IP in Brissie.

1:02:461:02:48

-You had that before you bloody signed.

-Yeah, I know.

1:02:481:02:50

And now things have gotten messy. They can sue me if I don't pull out.

1:02:501:02:53

There's blokes running to their lawyers all over town.

1:02:531:02:56

You can't blame them. I never thought I'd get banned from playing Tests.

1:02:561:02:59

-That's why I got into cricket.

-Mate, we all did.

1:02:591:03:01

Kerry didn't think it through. That's his problem. Now we're all buggered.

1:03:011:03:05

Hey, you're getting paid a lot of money, Hookesy.

1:03:051:03:08

-Bugger the money.

-Hookesy.

-Yep, he can stick his money.

1:03:081:03:11

-Having fun, Kerro?

-Harry.

1:03:411:03:43

Are you sure you want to do this?

1:03:511:03:53

Now's the time to pull the plug if you have any doubts.

1:03:531:03:57

I'm gonna get these bastards, Harry.

1:04:011:04:04

Well, you might be feeling that way, but I'm your Deputy Chairman and I have a corporation to run.

1:04:041:04:10

I can't afford all of this.

1:04:101:04:13

You've no set budget,

1:04:131:04:15

you've no corporate direction

1:04:151:04:17

and you've spent several million dollars.

1:04:171:04:20

-Now's the time to rein it in.

-I know.

1:04:201:04:22

And you've got Gavin Warner running the show.

1:04:221:04:25

Do you think he's up to it?

1:04:251:04:27

-Do you?

-You've got nowhere decent to play.

1:04:271:04:30

You've missed out on the Gabba

1:04:301:04:33

and now there's this negative announcement

1:04:331:04:35

from the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust. Have you seen it?

1:04:351:04:38

There's more crusty old men sitting behind closed doors, Harry.

1:04:381:04:42

But they've got the high ground and you haven't.

1:04:421:04:45

I've got VFL Park.

1:04:451:04:47

A lot of good that'll do you.

1:04:471:04:50

These cricketers of yours that they've banned...

1:04:501:04:52

..you realise it's just the first shot.

1:04:531:04:55

They'll keep coming at you.

1:04:551:04:57

Ask yourself, is all of this worth it?

1:04:591:05:04

No. No, we hit this International Cricket Conference

1:05:261:05:28

-with everything we've got.

-That'll take a bit of time.

1:05:281:05:31

I'll get a QC and stick it into the High Court.

1:05:311:05:34

If they want to bowl bouncers we'll fight the way they want.

1:05:341:05:37

-It turns out Viv's not going after all.

-Good.

1:05:371:05:41

But we've got to go after Thomson and Kallicharran, Kerry.

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Plus in Adelaide, The Don's got his claws into Hookesy.

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We'd better move on him, too.

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Ah, let 'em go. We don't want blokes who don't want to play.

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We have to be able to trust them at their word.

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You can't force someone to stick to their word, son.

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If they don't, there's nothing to do, except never forget it.

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It's getting harder.

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Yeah, it is.

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This first game at VFL Park is haunting me.

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I'm sorry about all this money going out the door.

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The money doesn't matter, son. It's what comes at you.

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My father, he always used to say, "Don't expect to be liked."

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But it is hard to cop sometimes.

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-Anyway, my father used to stay in this suite.

-This same one?

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Yeah, me and Clyde'd watch Mother

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and Father dancing downstairs in the ballroom.

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She was a beautiful dancer.

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I always admired that. I never did learn to dance myself.

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I'll teach you to dance, Kerry.

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Come on.

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Ah, you have a dance with golden boy over there

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and just let me sit in my misery.

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Up you get. Come on.

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There we go.

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I can hear my bones creaking.

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All right, so...

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Strong grip. And relax.

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Follow my feet. Move forward.

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Back.

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And now let's go to the side...now your way...

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..and side again.

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That's it, and again.

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Back...then right.

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And back.

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Kerry, you're a natural.

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-Mr Packer.

-How are you today? This is Mr Tony Greig.

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-Yes, we know.

-We're members of the MCC.

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So Mr Packer, it's our understanding the ICC is proposing a ban

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on some cricket players and you are seeking a writ to restrain them

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from this course of action.

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Correct. So, who's the best QC in town?

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I'm sorry, Mr Packer, it doesn't quite work like that.

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Well, you tell me, then. How does it fucking work?

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There are a good many fine silks in London, as you can imagine.

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I can. So, who's the best?

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Mr Packer, there is no best.

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Things might be different in Australia,

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but the English legal fraternity

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has a large number of quite outstanding barristers...

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Are you listening? Did you not understand the fucking question?

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Mr Packer, you will understandably want to expedite your matter.

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Any silk of the stature you're after will be booked for months.

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-Maybe years.

-And there's the question of fees.

-Exactly.

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These men can command very substantial sums of money.

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Thank you for that interesting walk through the Black Forest, gentlemen.

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Mr Greig and I are going to go out and have an enjoyable round of golf.

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So we will go and do that and when we get back,

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you lot have a name ready for me. How about that?

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You see, I know how this works. I've done it before.

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You give me the name of the top bloke, I call him,

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I offer him more fucking money than anybody else,

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he drops everything and comes to work for me.

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Well...

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-Alexander?

-No doubt.

-We recommend Robert Alexander.

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He's an absolutely remarkable silk. But he's prohibitively busy.

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-Good. I'll have him.

-This could be difficult.

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Look, if you can't do it, give me his fucking number. I'll do it.

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We'll arrange it for you.

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That didn't take too fucking long, did it?

1:10:551:10:57

Now, who's your second best?

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Do we really need both of them?

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Listen, son, if I'm trying to back the winner at Wimbledon

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I'd rather have my money on the top seeds.

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Tell Chappelli to get the fellas up to my room.

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I want to have a chat.

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I want to thank you for selecting me

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but I'm sorry, Kerry, I have to resign.

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There's a whole "Keep Hookesy At Home" thing in Adelaide,

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and I feel as though I owe these people my allegiance.

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Allegiance, shit.

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I feel as though I owe these people...

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I feel as though have an obligation to these people.

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And besides, I've already got a really good job in Adelaide.

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PHONE RINGS

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Yeah? All right, I'm coming.

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I want to thank you, Kerry, but I have to resign.

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I have an obligation to Adelaide. I'm sorry.

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GENERAL CHATTER

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You met him before?

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-Have you met him before?

-No, this is my first time.

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-You scared?

-Nup.

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-No, you don't look it.

-I'm not.

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-Righto.

-Piss off, Bacchus.

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HE LAUGHS

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KNOCKS ON DOOR

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Hey, Bacchus.

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Bacchus!

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-KNOCK ON DOOR

-Hookesy. Hey, you in there?

1:13:571:14:02

Welcome to London.

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Richie.

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CLINKING

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Right.

1:14:241:14:26

I want to thank you all for joining us on this venture.

1:14:261:14:30

Now, if Thomson and Kallicharran piss off, that's fine.

1:14:301:14:34

We're not going to chase them. We'll let them go.

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And as for the rest of us, this ban on us,

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the only thing we have to fall back on is our loyalty,

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our obligation to each other.

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And if we stick together, keep our eye on the ball,

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people will come to understand what it is we're doing.

1:14:551:14:59

Now, we've got this all-important first game at VFL Park coming up,

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and I want to tell you something.

1:15:061:15:08

It will be a smash.

1:15:081:15:10

People will come to see you

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because you are the best.

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So anyone else having second thoughts?

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What about you, Dougie? Sure you're in?

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Oh, I'm in, Kerry.

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-Good. McCosker?

-Yeah, I'm in, Kerry.

1:15:291:15:33

-Mick?

-Bloody oath.

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-Good. Bacchus?

-No worries, Kerry.

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-Book shelf?

-Can't wait, Kerry.

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-The other Kerry, Mr O'Keeffe.

-I'll be there.

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Excellent. Mr Davis?

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Yes, I'm in, Kerry.

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-You, son?

-Hundred percent.

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-Gee, he's good.

-Yeah.

1:16:021:16:05

-Mr Lenny Pascoe?

-Yeah, mate.

1:16:051:16:08

-Swanno?

-Yes, Kerry.

1:16:081:16:10

Great. What about you, David?

1:16:101:16:12

Um, Mr Packer...

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-What?

-I want to thank you for selecting me...

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I didn't select you, son. Chappelli did. Thank him.

1:16:201:16:24

Right. Um, I want to thank you for selecting me...

1:16:271:16:30

You already fucking did that. Are you in or what?

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-I got a good job in Adelaide.

-Doing what?

1:16:331:16:35

-At a tyre fitting depot...

-A tyre depot?

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I'll tell you what, son.

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I'll buy the fucking place, then I'll be your boss

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and you can play cricket any time you want.

1:16:501:16:52

How about that? You in?

1:16:521:16:53

-Yep.

-Yep?

-Yes.

-Good, welcome aboard.

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Tangles, what the fuck are you doing here?

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I don't remember signing you up. All right!

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-Charge your glasses.

-You don't drink, Kerry.

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No, I'm going to make an exception in your case, Chappelli.

1:17:021:17:05

To the best cricketers in the world...

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..playing the best cricket in the world,

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with the best fucking boss in the world!

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To World Series Cricket!

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ALL: To World Series Cricket!

1:17:201:17:22

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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As we discussed on Tuesday, a locally-produced Playboy magazine

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would fill the niche identified by J...J. Walter Thompson.

1:17:561:18:02

You want to take off, Rosie?

1:18:021:18:05

Mr Chester.

1:18:051:18:08

You weren't listening, Kerro. We're now haemorrhaging money.

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-It's not good business.

-It will be.

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Stop it. Stop it now.

1:18:291:18:31

We'll take the hit on six million.

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I can't.

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Yes, you can.

1:18:361:18:37

You lose this court case, you'll be going out backwards.

1:18:371:18:40

Well, I've come this far, Harry. I can't go back now.

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Who are you, Macbeth?

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-Of course you can.

-These blokes are relying on me.

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And I've said before, I can't abandon them now.

1:18:501:18:52

Kerro, you've changed cricket.

1:18:541:18:56

They're being offered all sorts of money from their boards.

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The game'll never look back.

1:18:591:19:01

-This game you've got at VFL Park...

-It'll work, Harry. You'll see.

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It has to.

1:19:081:19:10

Here we go, son. This is it.

1:19:201:19:22

What do you reckon? 10,000? 20,000?

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-I wouldn't put a figure on it.

-Why not? Your ads are fucking great.

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-Warner reckons more than 20.

-Kerry, the place holds nearly 80.

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Don't get ahead of yourself, son.

1:19:311:19:33

My money's on 15,000. How much do you wanna bet?

1:19:331:19:36

How am I going to match you on a bet?

1:19:361:19:38

Bet you five grand. How's that?

1:19:381:19:40

-No way.

-Two grand.

-Piss off.

-You're a fucking piker, son.

1:19:401:19:43

It's starting. Here they come.

1:20:271:20:30

Kerry. Just got a call from London.

1:20:491:20:52

The court case.

1:20:521:20:54

-He's due to give his judgement Tuesday night our time.

-Right.

1:20:541:20:59

I don't need to tell you what an historic day this is.

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What an historic cricket match this is about to be.

1:21:151:21:18

I've given everything I have to cricket.

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And now I find myself a disapproved person,

1:21:241:21:28

apparently excluded from my life's work.

1:21:281:21:31

Everyone in this room is disapproved.

1:21:321:21:36

But not for long.

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The game is bigger than those who are trying to strangle it.

1:21:421:21:46

And today, here in this arena...

1:21:461:21:50

..we begin the process of proving them wrong.

1:21:521:21:55

They said it couldn't be done.

1:22:011:22:04

Now we're doing it.

1:22:041:22:07

It's time to show all those bastards out there having a go at us

1:22:071:22:12

what we can do.

1:22:121:22:14

The rest of the world's out there waiting for us, gentlemen.

1:22:151:22:20

I don't mean Greigy's team, I mean the rest of the world.

1:22:201:22:26

The crowd that believe in cricket.

1:22:281:22:31

The hundreds of thousands of people out there in the world,

1:22:311:22:36

just waiting to see how we go.

1:22:361:22:39

So let's show 'em.

1:22:421:22:44

THEY CLAP

1:22:441:22:46

-Come on, boys!

-THEY CHEER

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MUTED APPLAUSE

1:22:591:23:01

-Righto, Greigy.

-Tails.

1:23:251:23:27

You can bat, Chappelli.

1:23:301:23:33

Right.

1:23:331:23:35

Thanks, John.

1:23:351:23:37

And opening the batting for Australia,

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Ian Davis and Rick McCosker.

1:23:451:23:47

LOUD CRASH

1:24:111:24:14

SHOCKED JEERS

1:24:181:24:20

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Two-part fact-based drama centred around Australian media mogul Kerry Packer, who fought a cricket war by signing up 50 of the world's greatest players to form a breakaway tournament.

In 1976, infuriated that ABC had been given the TV broadcasting rights by the Australian Cricket Board without his own Channel 9 being given the chance to bid, Packer is delighted when John Cornell, one of his producers, comes to him with a rough idea about setting up a rival tournament. Amongst great secrecy, Packer and Cornell start signing up some of the best players in Australia, but soon find themselves at war with the established game.


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