This tele-movie was filmed during late 1985 and ready for release in 1986. The property was purchased by Network Ten for seven years of television rights. However, it was never screened on television, and was released on home video in 1990.
This film's opening prologue reads: "Most of what follows actually happened in Australia in 1971 ... an extraordinary set of circumstances in an age of innocence. These events form a unique part of Australian criminal history. After they took place, more severe penalties for offences against aircraft were introduced...".
This film's opening title card reads: "Long Bay Gaol, Sydney, 1980" whilst the film's second title card, seen just after the film's opening sequence, reads: "Nine years earlier... Bondi Beach, Sydney".
One of at least five film collaborations of actor Chris Haywood and director Scott Hicks. The films are: 'Shine' (1996), 'Freedom' (1982), the short 'No Going Back' (1981), 'The Boys Are Back' (2009), and 'Call Me Mr. Brown' (1990) in which Haywood had the starring role.