An award-winning, in-depth look at what happened on Australia's most revered place of battle. Revealing Gallipoli tells the many remarkable stories of hardship and survival from several different perspectives, taking into account the circumstances and revealing the brutality of warfare.Three engaging presenters, Australian Dr. Peter Stanley,Turk Savas Karakas, and Irishman Prof. Keith Jeffrey roam the battlefields and detail the stories from the places where the decisions were made and the battles took place. With the use of unique three-dimensional photography and maps,listening to vivid accounts of the young men who fought there, Revealing Gallipoli brings the battle alive from each perspective in an effort to fully understand the conflict. Comprehensively documenting the campaign at Gallipoli during the First World War, Revealing Galliploi investigates the very beginnings at the War Council of London, through to the ensuing naval attack, the many subsequent landings and ultimately ... Written by
I recently saw "Revealing Gallipoli" on the History Channel and was deeply impressed with all aspects of its 90 minute production.
"Revealing Gallipoli" uses three presenters to tell the story from an Australian, an Irish and a Turkish perspective. The narrative seamlessly inter-cuts between a global overview of the campaign and small, deeply personal elements that convey the human side of the tragedy.
Without diminishing the contributions of the other presenters, I found the contribution of the Turkish presenter, Savas Karakas, to be absolutely outstanding. Karakas is (according to the Melbourne Age) a "major Turkish TV celebrity" and he is clearly a talented and experienced presenter. His presentation is constantly engaging and passionate, despite English not being his native language.
"Revealing Gallipoli" is also very evenly balanced and shows both sides of the fight - something few other documentaries of this doomed campaign have ever achieved. I confess I was initially a little shocked at the ANZACs being constantly referred to as "the enemy", but Karakas really conveys the passionate determination and profound dignity of the Turkish people who were simply defending their homeland.
As a side-note, if you're an ardent supporter of the WWI British High Command then you might not enjoy this very much, as the documentary squarely lays all the blame for the catastrophe with Churchill, Kitchener and Hamilton.
I've since tried to obtain a DVD version but for some absurd reason it is only being sold at $90 a copy. This is a stupid decision by the production house which prevents a wider distribution of what is an excellent documentary.
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