TLF ID M008207
'Cold War games' is an excerpt from the documentary 'Lies, Spies and Olympics', produced in 1999. 'Lies, Spies and Olympics' studies the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, which have become etched in Australian mythology as a watershed in the nation's sporting, cultural and civic history. But behind the myth is a far more revealing story: an epic saga of lies and petty bickering during the lead-up to the Games that almost saw the IOC take the Games from Melbourne. It is also a dramatic political story, during which the goodwill of Melbourne was undermined by Cold War skulduggery, defections and even murder; extraordinary events involving the highest offices of Australian Olympic and political power. A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with Rob McAuley Productions, produced with the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.