“It’s not our bloody war.”

The late 70s and early 80s were a great time for Australian cinema. The filmmakers churned out lots of great (and cheap) movies and these movies helped create a resurgence of Australian films on the world cinematic stage. Peter Weir was one of these filmmakers, and his 1981 film Gallipoli really helped this resurgence with its story of friendship and the loss of innocence in times of war. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our 1981 series with Weir’s Gallipoli. We talk about the horrors of this battle in Turkey, who fought it and how this film portrays the war. We discuss the odd structure of the film as it focuses primarily on character and less on the war, and why that works, but also why it makes the first half of the film lag a bit. We chat about Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, how they work as actors in this film, and why we like their portrayals. And we touch on how this film’s popularity did help boost it and other Australian films up onto the world stage. It’s a powerful film, even if it’s not something we feel like we’d find ourselves returning to very often. Still. well worth looking at. Tune in!

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