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Heroes' Mountain (2002)

The story of Stuart Diver, the only person to survive the 1997 Thredbo tragedy that came about when a landslide engulfed a ski lodge situated in the Snowy Mountains.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Diver
Tom Long ...
Paul Featherstone
Sally Diver
Euan Diver
Joe Manning ...
Dave Brodie
Federal Policewoman
Peter Forbutt
Mike Sodergren
Steve Diver
Penne Hackforth-Jones ...
Annette Diver
John Gregg ...
Andrew Donald
Tina Bursill ...
Margy Donald
Tiriel Mora ...
Mark Powderly
Police Inspector


On 30th July 1997 at Thredbo Australia 18 people where buried alive by a landslide. One of those men, Stuart Diver, managed to stay alive. With the rescuers working tireless to find survivors Diver was trying to let them know that he was alive, buried under the rubble. After a massive 65 hours in the freezing temperatures, wearing only his under wear, Stuart Diver was the only person to be pulled from the rubble. Written by The Tallman <jono33@hotmail.com>, Kristy Harvey

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One man made all Australia believe in miracles.




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3 March 2007 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Epiheirisi diasosis - Hionostivada  »

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All exterior scenes were filmed in the Ski resort Falls Creek, Victora, Australia, where the landslide site was recreated painstakingly accurately from news footage and photos. The production chose this location as it was considered inappropriate to recreate the site in the actual town of Thredbo, NSW and that Falls Creek had similar style of locations and ski lodge architecture to double for Thredbo in the film. See more »


Events take place on 31 July 1997, however some scenes show Ford Falcon AU model vehicles - the AU model Falcon was not released until September 1998. See more »

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Claustrophobic Stuff!
10 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Premiered last night on Aussie Television (March 10th) and was indeed worth the wait.

As sensitively and professionally re-enacted as THE DAY OF THE ROSES (The story of the '74 Granville Train Disaster), which John Misto also scripted incidentally, HEROES' MOUNTAIN portrays the events leading up to the shocking deaths of 18 people in July 1997, trapped in a landslide in the southern NSW snowfields at Thredbo village, a few hours south of Canberra, the Australian Capital.

The docudrama focuses primarily on the fortitude and incredible will to live by sole survivor Stuart Diver, as well as the ceaseless rescue efforts by so many, to finally extricate him after an unimaginable 65 hours trapped beneath mud, concrete and icy water. Diver also lost his wife that day when she was trapped in adjacent buildings.

McLachlan turns in what is probably his best celluloid effort as Stuart Diver, acting under uniquely difficult circumstances. Word is that he was overcome emotionally at several points during filming, being unable to move himself under the elaborate and realistic sets. Being visible for the most part only from the neck upwards, necessitated extraordinary facial acting to project the real Diver's predicament.

Whilst the set was constructed 1/3 larger than the original collapsed site (to allow for cameras and crew) each rock, girder and piece of wreckage was painstakingly reproduced from original photographs and filed news coverage. Many on-set who were present during the original rescue (including Diver himself) were said to be amazed at the authenticity of the recreation.

An absolute must-see wherever it is shown!

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