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This educational site for learners aged 12-16 features teaching materials exploring the film Tomorrow When The War Began. Designed for students of English, Media and PSHEE, this resource encourages young people to reflect personally and critically on the characters, relationships and ideas presented in the film. Activities are organised into subject areas using a range of the film's assets and some tasks are designed to be used in conjunction with Film Education's Tomorrow When The War Began study clips on DVD.

This resource places a strong focus on pupil-led discussion so the PSHEE activities are also suitable for English teachers aiming to promote speaking and listening opportunities. Downloadable pdfs accompany some activities providing support materials in an accessible, printable format.


Tomorrow When the War Began follows the journey of eight high school friends in a coastal country town whose lives are suddenly and violently upended by an invasion that no one saw coming. Cut off from their families and their friends, these eight extraordinary teenagers must learn to escape, survive and fight back against hostile military forces.

Tomorrow When The War Began study guide (PDF)


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Trailer Transcript

How about a trip before we go back to school?

We'll get a bunch of us together and go further up the river than we've been before.

- You can see Cobbler's Bay from here.

- What is this, make-up?

- Do you even know where we're going?

- There's a clearing up ahead.

(Text) A place for freedom

(Music) All I knew is upside down

(Music) I found my feet but lost my ground

(Text) A time for friendship

(Music) But all I've done is just begun

(Text) And it was all

It's so beautiful out here.

Let's do this again, back here in the same place.

The same people.

(Text) About to change

Mama! Papa!


There's no dial tone.

What is going on?

(Text) From the best selling novel by John Marsden

(radio) Occupying forces have now taken several major coastal cities.

Any idea whose army it is?

It doesn't matter. They're here. We've got to deal with it.

(Text) Freedom becomes survival

I don't know about you, but I'm no good at doing nothing.

People are dying out there.

Everything's a risk from now on.

(Text) Friends become warriors

We know this country better than they do. We can use that to our advantage.

We can go out there using hit-and-run tactics.

We have to start acting like soldiers.

I can't tell if what I did was right or wrong.

In the end, I think we have to trust our instincts.

- What do your instincts tell you?

- That it's time to go to war.

We've hit them. Hit them hard.

They're going to come after us now with everything they've got.

We've got to fight back.

If anything happens... run.

For us, this war begins tomorrow.

(Text) Tomorrow When the War Began