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Australasian War Movies

New Zealand Wars 1863

Rewi's Last Stand (Rudall Hayward, 1925) Maori War Films Ltd, wr. Rudall Hayward from history, dp Frank Stewart; Frank Nemo, Nola Casselli, M. Millington, Eric Yates, Edmund Finney, Chief Abe (Rewi Maniapoto); the last stand of Rewi Maniapoto at the Battle of Orakau in 1863; remade in 1940 as a sound film by the same director; NZ

Rewi's Last Stand (Rudall Hayward, 1940) aka The Last Stand: An Episode of the New Zealand Wars; Frontier Films Ltd, wr. Rudall Hayward, source Cowan's history, dp Rudall Hayward, Edwin Coubray; Leo Pilcher, Ramai Te Miha, Henare Toka; NZ; 5750ft, 64 min.

Boer War

Breaker Morant (Bruce Beresford, 1980)

First World War

1915 (Di Drew, Chris Thomson, 1982)

34th Battalion, The (Luke Sparke, 2013)

Accidental Soldier, An (Rachel Ward, 2013)

Australia's Peril (Franklyn Barrett, 1917)

Beneath Hill 60 (Jeremy Sims, 2010)

Canopy (Aaron Wilson, 2013) Khan Chittenden, Robert Menzies, Edwina Wren, Tzu-yi Mo; Singapore, WW2

Chunuk Bair (Dale Bradley, 1991) NZ

Daughter Of The East (Roy Darling, 1924) aka The Boy Of The Dardanelles

Day, The (Alfred Rolfe, 1914) Fraser Film Release and Photographic Company, wr. Johnson Weir from poem by Henry Chappell; war

Exploits Of The Emden, The (Ken G. Hall, 1928)

Fellers (Arthur Higgins, Austin Fay, 1930)

Forbidden Ground (Johan Earl, Adrian Powers, 2013)

Forty Thousand Horsemen (Charles Chauvel, 1940)

Gallipoli (Peter Weir, 1981)

Hero Of The Dardanelles, The (Alfred Rolfe, 1915)

How We Beat The Emden (Alfred Rolfe, 1915) aka Fate of the Emden

If The Huns Came To Melbourne (George Coates, 1916)

Joan of Arc of Loos, The (George Willoughby, 1916)

La Revanche (W. J. Lincoln, 1916) based on Nurse Cavell story

Lighthorsemen, The (Simon Wincer, 1987)

Martyrdom Of Nurse Cavell, The (John Gavin, C. Post Mason, 1916)

Murder Of Captain Fryatt, The (John Gavin, 1917)

Murphy Of Anzac (J. E. Mathews, 1916)

Nurse Cavell (W. J. Lincoln, 1916) aka Edith Cavell

Scars Of Love (Walter S. McColl, 1918) aka Should Children Suffer?

Stolen, The (Geoff Davis, 2014) WW1 drama

Will They Never Come? (Alfred Rolfe, 1915)

William Kelly's War (Geoff Davis, 2014) aka The Stolen, wr. Geoff Davis, prod. Phillip Avalon, dp Damien Beebe; Maureen Alford, Peter Berzanskis, Tony Bonner; WW1 war; Australian release 30 Oct

Within Our Gates (Frank Harvey, 1915) aka Deeds That Won Gallipoli

Second World War

Absent Without Leave (John Laing, 1993) NZ

Always Another Dawn (T. O. McCreadie, 1947)

Attack Force Z (Tim Burstall, 1982)

Blood Oath (Stephen Wallace, 1990)

Death of a Soldier (Phillipe Mora, 1986)

Desert War (Steve Westh, 2012) aka Desert Rats

Devil's Rock, The (Paul Campion, 2011) NZ

Emma's War (Clytie Jessop, 1988)

Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson, 2016) Battle of Okinawa

Home by Christmas (Gaylene Preston, 2010) NZ

Kokoda (Alister Grierson, 2006)

Indecent Obsession, An (Lex Marinos, 1985)

Last Bullet, The (Michael Pattinson, 1995)

Lore (Cate Shortland, 2012)

Paradise Road (Bruce Beresford, 1997)

Parer's War (Alister Grierson, 2014)

Railway Man, The (Jonathan Teplitzky, 2013)

Rats Of Tobruk, The (Charles Chauvel, 1944)

Rebel (Michael Jenkins, 1985)

Soldier's Tale, A (Larry Parr, 1988) France/NZ

Heroes of the Krait (Peter Maxwell, Seiji Moriyama, 1982) aka Southern Cross aka The Highest Honor

War Stories (Gaylene Preston, 1995) NZ

Korean War

Kapyong (Dennis K. Smith, 2011)

Vietnam War

Danger Close (Kriv Stenders, 2019) aka The Battle for Long Tan; wr. Paul Sullivan, Karel Segers, Jack Brislee, James Nicholas; Travis Fimmel, Richard Roxburgh, Nicholas Hamilton; Vietnam War

Odd Angry Shot, The (Tom Jeffrey, 1979)

Siege of Firebase Gloria, The (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1989)

Street to Die, A (Bill Bennett, 1985)


Balibo (Robert Connolly, 2009) East Timor

Brothers (Terry Bourke, 1982) aka Hounds of War; East Timor

Embedded (Stephen Sewell, 2014) thriller involving a war correspondent; not made?

Tomorrow when the War Began (Stuart Beattie, 2010) fantasy

Weekend Warriors (pre-production 2013) wr. prod. Trevor Howis; war; not made?

Jirga (Benjamin Gilmour, 2018) wr. Benjamin Gilmour, prod. John Maynard, dp Benjamin Gilmour; Sam Smith, Mohammad Mosam, Kefayat Lag Humani; war drama, Afghanistan; 78 min.; Australian entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

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