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Wed 22 Apr 2015, 7:00pm–8:45pm
Thu 23 Apr 2015, 7:00pm–8:45pm
Fri 24 Apr 2015, 7:00pm–8:45pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, National Library Building, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $8.00
  • Concession: $6.00


Screening on 35mm.

A World War One drama about faith, courage and heroism amidst folly and betrayal at Gallipoli in 1915. New Zealand troops find that British promises of support are meaningless. A battalion of New Zealanders, new to warfare, shellshocked and exhausted, are ordered by their British Generals to take Chunuk Bair. For three days they battle their way to the ridge above.

Sgt Major Frank South is a wordly-wise loner. His anti-war and empire stance set him apart from other men. Frank's one aim in life is to protect his younger brother, Fred and get them both safely away from the horror of the trenches.

Col Connolly, commanding the Battalion, falls foul of his superiors by refusing to submit his men to obvious slaughter but, blinded by his vision of glory and devotion to honour, he pushes up the ridge to take the high ground "in his own way and in his own time."

Outnumbered by the Turks, they find themselves cut off and without supplies. Courage, determination and humour keep them fighting until what was to be their salvation becomes their final nightmare.

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