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Before the Operations Begin

Television (Full Length) – 1999

Feeling burnt out, director Tony Williams takes his seachange literally and sets off with three mates in his recently restored 66-foot motorboat, with a grown-up son as cameraman. The plan: journey from Sydney to the Coral Sea. They witness an eclipse, find paradise in Vanuatu, and island-hop their way through New Caledonian reefs, soon after witnessing French victory in the 1998 (soccer) World Cup. Near journey’s end, a reflective Williams realises that he has experienced not just a holiday, but also “an opportunity to look at your own world from a distance”.

Putting a crew together for a boat is a bit like casting a movie. Sometimes compatibility can be just as important as qualifications.
– Tony Williams

Key Cast & Crew

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Tony Williams

Director, Writer, Narrator

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Rick Price


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Nicholas Williams


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Charles Ivory


Produced by

Tony Williams Productions