On “Battleground Melbourne”

This is a depressing but must watch documentary:

Anyone who has lived in Melbourne over the past few years as I have knows what a battleground it has become. Once known as the world’s most livable city, it has become in many ways the most damnable city. It certainly has been hellish for me and millions of others.

Under the tyrannical and heartless rule of Premier Dan Andrews, the city went through the longest, harshest and most deplorable lockdown of any city anywhere in the world. This new 100-minute documentary has been put together by Melbourne filmmaker and political commentator Topher Field to examine all this.

It tells the depressing but necessary story of how very horrible things became for some 5 million hapless citizens under this dictatorial regime. Yes, other cities and states have experienced terrible policies of lockdown madness, but Melbourne seems to have led the pack.

As always, we must learn the lessons of history. We must never forget. Thus we all owe Topher Field our heartfelt thanks for making this film. Only up for less than a week, the new documentary has already been viewed well over 300,000 times.

It features a number of champions for freedom and democracy: David Limbrick MP, Monica Smit, Catherine Cumming MP, Rushkan Fernando, Avi Yemeni, Millie Fontana, as well as doctors, mental health workers, business owners, former police officers, arrested grandmothers and pregnant housewives, victims of police abuse, and plenty of other concerned citizens.

Their website says this about the film:

The last 18 months has seen Melbourne, Australia, fall from ‘Most Liveable’ to ‘Most Locked-down’ city in the world. It’s an astonishing fall which has brought with it previously unthinkable levels of civil unrest and government repression and sparked protests around Australia and throughout the world as scenes reminiscent of the USSR or CCP have gone viral.


The fact that these scenes are playing out on the streets of a city in a wealthy and ‘free’ country makes this an ominous warning for all. If it can happen here, it could happen anywhere.


Battleground Melbourne tells this story from the perspective of the activists and journalists who tried to save the city of Melbourne. 


This is our story. 


The Government and the media have already told their twisted and dishonest side of the story, Battleground Melbourne is our reply. This is how we set the record straight and ensure the world will forever know the truth.


We have been smeared with false accusations, called every name you can imagine, assaulted, arrested, imprisoned. But even after all this, they haven’t defeated us. Our love for freedom, and our love for our once wonderful city, compels us to battle on.


Battleground Melbourne is a story of men and women who love freedom. It’s a story of courage in the face of fear, of triumphs and failures, and ordinary people giving everything to change the course of history for the city they love.


Covid-19 has sent shockwaves around the world, but nowhere has the political reaction to the virus been more extreme or more repressive than in the ‘free’ city of Melbourne. https://battlegroundmelbourne.com/

One good friend and fellow Melbournian said this on the social media about the doco:

A number of people have said that they found Topher Field’s Battleground Melbourne “dark”, “depressing”, very hard to watch, caused them to weep, etc. This was not our initial reaction, because we had lived right through it and so it had become our “normal”. But I can now appreciate how the film’s content could be quite disturbing to interstate and overseas people looking in from outside, who don’t have our first-hand experience. This is the main, uplifting scene from near the end of the film. It might be easier for some people to watch this first, and then go back to the beginning and watch the whole thing through.

I said this to him in reply: “Actually I lived through this hell hole for the past 2 years, but even just watching the trailer for the film depressed me and brought back a lot of bad memories! It really was an evil period, and it is not over yet!”

Thankfully I am one who has survived this nightmare. But many have not. Many people have suicided over the past two years. Mental health problems, drug and alcohol abuse, self-harm, domestic violence, and even animal abuse have all spiked during this period. And it is our children who are suffering the most.

One gal who works in this area told me that the children she talks and ministers to are utterly discouraged, depressed and without hope. They really see no reason to go on. There is nothing worth living for. These lockdowns, curfews and draconian and irrational mandates have devastated these children.

And it is NOT over. Andrews has extended and amplified his power and control over this state, and at any time he can again turn Melbourne into the world’s most miserable prison. The government has extended its “emergency powers” indefinitely. And when you have such powers that last for years on end, you do not have a free and democratic state – you have a dictatorship.

We have learned over the past two years that this Labor government and its unelected health bureaucrats cannot be trusted. Their lust for ever more power and control knows no bounds. Our leaders have become completely drunk on their new-found powers, and they will NOT relinquish such control without a fight. So in one sense nothing has changed, and we are still in a battleground.

I have since watched the entire documentary. My friend is right: The closing portion of the film is the most uplifting and inspiring part of it. It features scenes of the mass freedom marches held week after week late last year featuring hundreds of thousands of Victorians taking a stand for freedom and denouncing tyranny and health fascism.

I have joined in with these marches. And they continue this year. I hope to be at another one this Saturday. The fight for liberty is ever ongoing. As long as political tyrants want to steal away our freedoms and basic human rights, we must all resist and stand strong for what is right.

This film is part of this struggle. It can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzfJGC1_yPo

Please watch it and share it far and wide thanks.

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24 Replies to “On “Battleground Melbourne””

  1. I watched it in one sitting and found it traumatic but ultimately inspiring. It deserves to be seen worldwide, so please share it far and wide!

  2. Forward! Forward! Forward! Send it viral. Definitely a must watch.

    March for freedom on 22 January 2022 and all subsequent marches as long as it takes!

  3. Well said Bill. I too have lived through the last two years here in Melbourne. As I commented on one of Topher’s recent posts, the documentary accurately portrays the ‘why’ of the protest movement. It needed to be spelled out as we have been wrongly characterized as selfish, deluded, uncaring individuals who are only out for our own interests. The film reveals the hurting hearts of many in Victoria and helps to set the record straight.

  4. Thanks Bill

    Enjoyed reading what you had to say. “Battleground Melbourne” documentary did give a fairly good overview of the period. I found this helpful.

    Also, our South Australian Judicial Review is due to start tomorrow. May the Lord grant our barristers and lawyers a legal breakthrough. And may there be a flow on for Victoria and the rest of the nation. Stuart Lindsay has said he’s hopeful, and if successful the mandates in this state will fall to the ground through this action. Would appreciate your – and your readers – prayers to this end.

  5. Hi Bill,
    Thanks for recent articles and the movie link. We watched about 15 minutes of the “Melbourne” movie, but the “background” music was so loud, it was difficult for us to hear the narrators. It seems to be the way with most documentaries of late. Sad though, as it was looking interesting and informative.
    Thanks, Wes and Jen.

  6. I’m living in the US and watched Battleground Melbourne in one sitting with some American friends. They thought it was bad in the USA but were stunned to see how awful things are in Australia. Even the WHO now admits lockdowns, masks and children being vaccinated are damaging. Whether in the US, Canada, Australia, NZ or any other Western country we need to blame ourselves for electing overlords to treat us as children. It drives me crazy to talk to government workers and lap top warriors who haven’t lost out on any income blather on about needing to continue with masks and lockdowns. Huge thanks to Mr Field and his crew for this brilliant documentary. Maybe the ABC will air it?

  7. Are you aware that the Pope and the CCP et al are conspiring to push the vaccine? The CCP pays the Vatican almost 2B a year. This is covered in today’s Vortex on the Church Militant site.

  8. Its so wonderful to read n watch home grown Australian.
    So much has been suppressed over the years.

    Loved this stunning documentary All who participate in any way are on my prayer list….is it possible, can we once again be proud to be Australian ?
    Thanks for this forum.

  9. Excellent doco.

    I think we need to pray for the Liberal Democrats. They don’t yet understand that no atheistic promoting regime is ever going to respect God given rights.

    They understand liberty is necessary – they just don’t understand how to achieve it.

    I hope, however, if they do gain power, they will support religious liberties. There is some indication, at least in the short term, that they will.

    No matter what Labor, the Greens and the left wing within the Liberal Party must be opposed. How we vote in the upcoming election is vital. If people want to vote for minor parties I implore them to vote below the line in the senate so that, if their party fails, their vote is not lost. Voting below the line gives you the option of voting at a personal level so, if there is a proposed senator in the Liberal Party you don’t want to vote for, then simply leave them out of your preferences. It is your choice and your precious vote.

  10. Thank you Michael Weeks. This clarification is vital in our country.
    Still more is required on as many forums as possible, especially as we move into an election.
    Others are counting on our lack of understanding n misinformation.

  11. Treatment of that tennis player seems to have galvanized people from both side against the government. The popularity of ScoMo etc is going down in a recent poll.

    Of course the big question is just who will replace your Liberal/National coalition. As they say, sometimes better the devil you know….

  12. Thanks Paul. Yes, when the Libs and Labor become increasingly indistinguishable, it is a tough call. There may be a lot of independents and smaller party candidates voted in at our next federal election (perhaps in May).

  13. What concerned and disgusted me most in the doco was the extent of police brutality. I never expected to see this in Australia. Like what happened in Bejing after Tienanmin. Hopefully the people will throw Dan Andrews out in November. But the problem is Labor voters are rusted on and rarely change.

  14. Read the poem “the gods of the copybook headings” yesterday … especially the last part seems quite on target. (Glenn Beck used that part in a promo for his book the Overton window)


    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man—
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began:—
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

  15. As the states demonstrated that they could flex the muscles the public didn’t know they had, while failing to without provide the necessary evidence or studies to justify their actions, it’s essential that documentaries like these are viewed by as many people as possible all around the world, especially in the so-called democracies.

    With the handling of covid locally ad globally, the devil was in the inconsistencies. While this documentary highlighted some of the inconsistencies well, I felt that it could have gone further by comparing the differences between the words and actions of the governments at local, state and federal levels, as well as celebrities and “influencers” on both sides. Perhaps chasing the supporters of Dan’s narrative for comment might have been interesting. I personally lost my job as a health care worker due to the mandates in a different state. Comparing Australia against how other countries handled covid would have also been useful.

    It was good to hear unknown songs in the soundtrack, however I felt that it could have done with an expanded repertoire of songs.

    Overall, this was a brave and important piece of work that highlighted how average Australians dug in and stood their ground against one of the worst abuses of power in the history of Australia and possibly the democratic world. We can only hope it won’t take this level of tyranny to wake up the masses in future.

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