Who we are
Writer/Director Patrick Lindsay will draw on his 25-year study of the campaign and its participants to vividly present the story to the digital generation.
Lindsay has written three books on Kokoda and has produced, written and directed two previous network television documentaries on the campaign: Kokoda…The Bloody Track in 1992; and Kokoda…The Last Parade in 1998.
Director of Photography, Paul Croll, one of Australia’s finest cinematographers, will call on his hard-won experience of more than 30 crossings of the Kokoda Track to capture the drama of the campaign and the treacherous terrain that served as its backdrop.
Croll was DOP on Kokoda…The Last Parade and has filmed many network television features on the Track, including Specials for A Current Affair and the Seven Network.
Patrick Lindsay and Papua New Guinea
Lindsay spent more than 25 years in network TV as a reporter, producer, writer and presenter, on the Nine and Seven networks and Sky News. Since 2002 he has been one of Australia’s leading non-fiction authors, having written 20 best-selling books.
Lindsay first visited PNG in 1983 to shoot a series of reports for Nine’s Today program. He briefly visited Kokoda and heard, for the first time in detail, of the remarkable story of the battle that saved Australia. He was captivated by the story and the country.
He returned to PNG in 1985 and 1987, shooting many stories for Nine’s Wide World of Sports. In 1990 and 1991 he was there again to shoot the acclaimed documentary, Kokoda ... The Bloody Track , for the Australian Army. In 1992 he walked the Track for the first time. In 1998 he returned to shoot his second documentary, Kokoda ... The Last Parade, the story of the Diggers’ return to the battlefields to say their final farewell to the mates they left behind.
In 2001, Patrick wrote The Spirit of Kokoda, published in 2002. In 2003 he wrote The Spirit of The Digger and The Essence of Kokoda and that year he was one of the founding directors of the Kokoda Track Foundation, an Australian aid organisation which aims to help to improve the lives of the people of PNG. He has been KTF’s chairman since 2006.
In 2009 Lindsay wrote Kokoda Spirit, a richly illustrated telling of the Kokoda story, then and now. In 2011 he created the format for the acclaimed TV series In Their Footsteps (which featured an episode on Kokoda) and which was broadcast by the Nine Network. In 2013 he wrote and created the Kokoda App, for Apple and Android, to bring the story to the digital generation.
In June 2015, Lindsay was named a Member of the Order of Australia for 'significant service to the media as a television presenter and journalist, to international relations, and to literature as an author'.
Lime Tree Studios
Lime Tree Studios is an independent production company owned and operated by Patrick Lindsay.
Most recently, it created the format for In Their Footsteps, the highly-acclaimed reality series, which ran on the Nine Network in 2011 and continues to be aired on the network.
It also created the Kokoda App in partnership with the RSL Services Clubs Association in 2013.