The Dalfram Dispute 1938: Pig Iron Bob has been shortlisted for the NSW Premiere’s History Awards. It’s one of just 18 entries to make the final cut, whittled down from 180 submissions across six prize categories.
The film, directed and produced by Metro Screener Sandra Pires, tells the story of how 180 Port Kembla wharfies refused to load pig iron on The Dalfram to Japan, believing it would return as bombs against Australia. Robert Menzies was the Attorney General and Minister for Trade responsible for signing the contract with Japan. When Menzies went to Wollongong to try and end the wharfies strike, he was met by an angry crowd. It was there a woman in the crowd heckled him with “Pig Iron Bob”, a name that would haunt him for the rest of his life.
The judges describe the film as “a well balanced and finely crafted account of this dramatic episode in Australian political culture.”
The Dalfram Dispute 1938: Pig Iron Bob will screen on the History Channel on 15 November, exactly 77 years after the strike.