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Sat 30 Apr 2016, 2:00pm–3:30pm

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply


ANZAC - Tides of Blood
NZ, AUS | 2015 | 86 min | Dir. Kriv Stenders, written and presented by Sam Neill

Sam Neill confronts the Anzac Century through the lens of his family’s military tradition. He uncovers forgotten truths that reveal the power of the enduring myth of Anzac that still haunt our two countries’ histories. Filmed in a score of international locations and against a background of continuing turmoil, Sam’s sharing of poignant, intimate stories suggests the universality of our need to remember in ways that may offer redemption.

Like the Anzacs 100 years ago, Sam Neill journeys across oceans, seeking an answer to why a legend was born in Turkey on 25 April, 1915. Why our two island nations, separated by sea, still celebrate a botched military expedition. Submerging himself in the ebb and flow of a century of remembering and forgetting, Sam is carried back and forth on tides that mingle truth and myth, the public and the personal.

From the Gallipoli Peninsula back to the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand, where he grew up; across the Tasman to Australia where he has lived for 35 years; and over to the killing fields of Belgium, France, Crete and Italy, Sam Neill probes why New Zealand and Australia are bound by the blood shed during a century of warfare.

On the centenary of the disastrous Gallipoli landing, the film looks for answers as to why that particular event has become symbolic and is remembered more than any other in the two nations’ shared history. Personal photographs and letters are featured, as well as selected archival footage and interviews with historians.

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