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This 1940 Australian war film about the Light Horse Cavalry was directed by Charles Chauvel, the nephew of much-decorated Sir Harry Chauvel and the commander of that particular cavalry. In a nod to Gunga Din, the film features a trio of rowdy soldiers played by Grant Taylor, Joe Valli and Chips Rafferty. Of the three, only Rafferty broke through in the American market, with roles in Mutiny on the Bounty, The Sundowners and even TV’s The Monkees.
- TFH Team
The Outback-set drama was lost for many years until Buckley, its editor, located the negatives in a Pittsburgh film vault labelled "For Destruction..
The print was digitally restored by the National Film and Sound Archive and screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, 38 years after it played in competition at the festival.
.It has since been re-released in multiple territories including the Us, the UK, France and Japan, sold internationally by Madman Entertainment.
Us critic Rex Reed declared, "In the final analysis, it may be the greatest Australian film ever made."
The Wake in Fright Trust gave Buckley a cheque at a function at Aftrs last Thursday to recognise his work in recovering the film and his lifetime contribution to the film industry. »
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2 items from 2015
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