BOER WAR DRAMA AT FILM SOCIETY

by Jun 7, 20190 comments

On Friday 21st June Murrindindi Film Society will present the 1980 Australian Boer War drama Breaker Morant.  Doors open at the Yea Shire Chambers at 6.45 p.m.

Considered one of the best of director Bruce Beresford’s many productions, this powerful film recounts the court martial of Harry “Breaker” Morant and two of his fellow Australian officers from the irregular “Bushveldt Carbineers”.  It takes place in South Africa in 1902 at the height of hostilities in the 2nd Anglo-Boer conflict.   Beresford has said he did not set out to make the accused men heroes, but to examine the theory that they were used as scapegoats by the British Army and sacrificed to the international political intrigues at the time.

Everything about Breaker Morant’s life was colourful.  A renowned horseman, bush poet, drinker and womaniser, his past was somewhat mysterious. In South Africa he became involved in revenge killings after the death and mutilation by the enemy of his close friend and former commanding officer Captain Hunt.  He was charged, along with fellow lieutenants Peter Handcock and George Whitton, with the subsequent murder of a number of civilians, including a German missionary.

At the court martial the men were staunchly defended by an inexperienced solicitor from New South Wales, Major James Thomas, but the British Military remained determined on a conviction.

The film has been described as a “beautiful antiwar statement — a plea for the end of the intrigues and crimes that war entails.”

Edward Woodward heads the cast as Morant with Bryan Brown and Lewis Fitz-gerald as his co-accused.  Jack Thompson gives a strong performance as Major Thomas and a fine supporting cast is composed of Australian and British stars.

It is hoped as many members as possible will attend this presentation of an

Australian classic.  First time guests and prospective members will be admitted free-of-charge.

All enquiries to Jill Dwyer, 5797 2480 or jill.dwyer@bigpond.com

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