Ken G Hall’s film about the life of aviator Charles Kingsford Smith turns 70 this year.
With Ron Randell in the title role of Smithy, there are two other notable stars of the film: The Southern Cross, Kingsford Smith’s plane, and former Prime Minister the Right Honourable William Morris (Billy) Hughes (1862-1952), playing himself.
In the clip below we see Smithy talking with Billy Hughes. In 1919 a £10,000 prize (equivalent to three quarters of a million dollars today) for the first Australian to fly a British plane from England to Australia was announced and Hughes, as prime minister, insisted on interviewing all the prospective candidates.
Twenty seven years later Hughes, now in his mid-80s, was able to reprise his interview with the real Smithy, and does so with great relish.