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  • Australian Experiences of War


    Posted on: 11/05/2015

    In honour of the ANZAC Centenary, we have curated a package of war clips featuring historic, contemporary soldiers' and Veteran's interviews.

    From celluloid treasures to contemporary documentaries, the Australian experience of war is vividly, honestly and sometimes humorously retold in the Australian Mediatheque.

    Running in conjunction with our exhibition War Pictures: Australian's at the Cinema 1914-1918, this package, comprising short film, documentary style footage, advertisements, interviews, feature films and training films encapsulates the experience of war both on the battlefield and on the home front. Lest we forget.

    The Historic
    Almost one hundred years after The First World War claimed the lives of 16 million people worldwide, its effects are still felt through our connections to loved ones and cultural memory.

    Australian Experiences Of War Historic Recruitment And Training Copy

    Prior to the Anzac Centenary, the National Film and Sound Archive reviewed its collection of holdings on Australia's experience of World War One from a military, domestic and international perspective. Many of these films have been restored from original nitrate material.

    Australian Experiences Of War Historic Red Cross Copy

    This package includes feature films like The Hero of the Dardanelles; a documentary about one of Australia's best known solders, Sir John Monash; propaganda cartoons satirising the war; compilations around the recruitment, enlistment and training of soldiers; the effort of Australians on the home front and the vital role of the Red Cross.

    The Contemporary
    These five films were commissioned by the Australian War Memorial as part of their tradition of documenting Australians' experience at war. Shot on location in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2011 and 2008, the films are made in a vivid and direct style.

    Australian Experiences Of War Contemporary Australian Patrol Bases

    They record the surroundings, equipment and day-to-day activities of Australian Defence Force personnel on deployment in a remote and harsh environment, in an actual theatre of war. Interviews with the men and women on active service are the heart and soul of these films, as the participants speak frankly about their experiences and challenges.

    Australian Experiences Of War Contemporary Tarin Kot Copy

    The Veterans
    In our words: Stories from Victorian veterans was created as part of our Digital Storytelling workshop in November 2010, with the support of the Department of Planning and Community Development, the Shrine of Remembrance, and the Victorian Veterans Council.

    Australian Experiences Of War Veterans Medic Copy

    Nine Victorian war veterans share their experiences through the creation of digital stories. While the horror and dangers and residual trauma of war are evident, these stories also pay tribute to the qualities of mateship and bravery instilled in them by the experience.

    Australian Experiences Of War Veterans Growing Up Copy

    These filmic reflections allow us to glimpse upon the experience of those playing support roles on the home front, those recording and those engaging in the socio-political happenings that continue to shape our understanding of the multifaceted, human aspects of war.

    - Candice Cranmer, Collections Access Officer

    Watch the full curated package of war films in our Australian Mediatheque

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