25 April

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25 April


Sunday Jun 18 04:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Leanne Pooley. 2015. Australia. 85 mins.

The tragic 1915 Gallipoli campaign, in which thousands of Australian and New Zealand regiments were needlessly slaughtered, inspired one of the great war films—Gallipoli, which launched Mel Gibson as a star. Now Leanne Pooley tells the animated story of the debacle through six real-life New Zealanders—using their words from diaries, letters, and memoirs.

The graphic novel-like animation brings World War I experiences out of the usual black-and-white archive pictures and into vibrant, dynamic color.

During World War I, Turkey was a German ally. Hoping to knock Turkey out of the war, the British launched an invasion at the Gallipoli Peninsula. As part of the British Empire, colonial troops from Australia and New Zealand fought in this campaign. They became known as ANZACs. Gallipoli was to be a defining event in the history of these two nations. 25 April tells the story of the New Zealand’s involvement in this flawed and brutal campaign.

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