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Beneath Hill 60 -- As the Great War rampages across Europe, a brave platoon of tunnelers fight beneath enemy lines to defend an underground labyrinth packed with enough explosives to change the course of the war.
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Beneath Hill 60 -- As the Great War rampages across Europe, a brave platoon of tunnelers fight beneath enemy lines to defend an underground labyrinth packed with enough explosives to change the course of the war.
Beneath Hill 60 -- As the Great War rampages across Europe, a platoon of tunnelers fight beneath enemy lines to defend an underground labyrinth packed with enough explosives to change the course of the war.


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15 April 2010 (Australia) See more »
After Gallipoli there was still a war to be won See more »
In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Brendan Cowell ... Oliver Woodward

Alan Dukes ... Jim Sneddon
Alex Thompson ... Walter Sneddon

Harrison Gilbertson ... Frank Tiffin
Duncan Young ... Tom Dwyer

Steve Le Marquand ... Bill Fraser

Gyton Grantley ... Norman Morris

Warwick Young ... Percy Marsden

Mark Coles Smith ... Billy Bacon
Martin Thomas ... Ginger O'Donnell
Oliver Leimbach ... Screaming Soldier

Anthony Hayes ... William McBride

Leon Ford ... Lt. Robert Clayton
Fletcher Illidge ... Colin Waddell
Morgan Illidge ... Gordon Waddell

Jacqueline McKenzie ... Mrs. Emma Waddell
Juliana Dodd ... Isabel Waddell

Gerald Lepkowski ... William Waddell

Bella Heathcote ... Marjorie Waddell (as Isabella Heathcote)

Chris Haywood ... Colonel Wilson Rutledge
Bob Franklin ... Potsy
Anthony Ring ... Stoat
Nikki Fort ... Mrs. Thorn
Alice Cavanagh ... Agnes

Mahala Wallace ... Eunice
Jessica Robertson ... Dotty (as Jessica Paige)
Marcus Costello ... Ernst Wagner

Kenneth Spiteri ... Karl Babek

Aden Young ... Major Brady North
David Ritchie ... Otto Fusslein

Tom Green ... Warren Hutchings
John Stanton ... General Lambert
Andy Bramble ... Wilf Piggott
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kristopher Bos ... Core Soldier #4 (uncredited)

Dennis Kreusler ... Australian Soldier on Parapet (uncredited)
Tim Sawatzki ... Lambert's Aid (uncredited)

Ian Sparke ... Padre (uncredited)
Matthew Wollaston ... British Soldier Leading Wounded (uncredited)

Samuel R. Wright ... Core Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeremy Sims  (as Jeremy Hartley Sims)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Roach  written by

Produced by
John Lee .... executive producer
Bill Leimbach .... producer
Greg Rains .... executive producer
David Roach .... co-producer
Michelle Russell .... line producer
Jeremy Sims .... co-producer (as Jeremy Hartley Sims)
Ross Thomas .... executive producer
Original Music by
Cezary Skubiszewski 
Cinematography by
Toby Oliver (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dany Cooper 
Casting by
Kirsty McGregor 
Stevie Ray (casting assistant)
Production Design by
Clayton Jauncey 
Art Direction by
Sam Hobbs 
Set Decoration by
Rolland Pike 
Costume Design by
Ian Sparke 
Makeup Department
Laura Kennard .... makeup artist
Wizzy Molineaux .... additional makeup artist
Anita Morgan .... key hair stylist
Anita Morgan .... key makeup artist
Tia Stephanou .... makeup assistant
Kreso Stipic .... additional makeup artist
Shane Thomas .... hair designer
Shane Thomas .... make-up designer
Production Management
Colleen Clarke .... post-production supervisor
Bridie Ferguson .... assistant unit manager
Kim Gladman .... unit manager
Sandy Stevens .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jamie Crooks .... first assistant director
Chris Evans .... third assistant director
Nick McKinnon .... second assistant director
Art Department
Greg Abel .... head steel worker
Kellie Ackerman .... graphic artist
Francis Aldridge .... art department volunteer
Benjamin Beikoff .... construction painter
Daniel Birt .... senior set dresser
Alison Blackbourne .... art department volunteer
Lisa Brennan .... property master
Steven Brown .... props maker
Jason Brunne .... construction assistant
Rowan Colin .... art department volunteer
Rhys Disher .... art department assistant
Margot Douglas .... art department volunteer
Mel Dundas Taylor .... construction assistant
Josh Dykgraaf .... graphic artist
Jason 'Africa' Ellis .... construction assistant
Markus Fischer .... art department volunteer
Tony Giltrap .... construction manager (as Anthony Gilstrap)
Chris Haddow .... construction assistant
Robert Harvey .... construction runner
Tyler Henry .... graphic artist
Allan Hickmott .... carpenter
Richard Hill .... art department volunteer
Roy Hodders .... art department volunteer
Roymata Holmes .... art department volunteer
Jeanete Hutchinson .... art department volunteer
Michael Kissane .... assistant stand-by props
Ian Large .... art department volunteer
Tania Leimbach .... art department assistant
John McKenna .... set dresser
Andrew Murray .... construction foreman
Tom New .... carpenter
Tom New .... prop maker
Michael O'Kane .... head scenic artist
Adrienne Ogle .... stand-by props
Robina Osborne .... art department coordinator
Cheryl Pederick .... art department volunteer
Ross Perkin .... assistant art director
Shane Poole .... trench construction
Harley Quirk .... trade assistant
Steven Reid .... prop maker (as Stephen Reid)
Michael Rout .... set builder
John Schmidt .... art department runner
John Schmidt .... manager: trench site
Ben Selleck .... painter
Peter Sheehan .... storyboard artist
Karen Leigh Smith .... art department assistant (as Karen Smith Skoczylas)
Katerina Stratos .... graphic artist (as Katrina Stratos)
Stephen Tulloch .... leading hand set builder
Melinda Tweedle .... art department volunteer
Nick Walker .... trade assistant
Nicholas Watson .... trade assistant
Shane Wihlborg .... painter
Clemens Zocher .... art department volunteer
Thomas Salpietro .... assistant set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Asha Ardill .... sound facilities manager
Michelle Child .... sound attachment
Mark Cornish .... sound recordist
Liam Egan .... sound designer
Bruce Emery .... dolby sound consultant
Leah Katz .... adr supervisor
Tony Murtagh .... dialogue editor
John O'Connell .... sound recordist: second unit
Liesl Pieterse .... adr recordist
Blair Slater .... foley recordist
Alicia Slusarski .... sound effects editor
Jennifer Sochackyj .... assistant sound editor
Robert Sullivan .... sound re-recording mixer
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist
Mark Van Kool .... boom operator
Andy Wright .... mix assistant (as Andrew Wright)
Cara Harvey .... post sound attachment (uncredited)
Jörg Klaussner .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Ruth Vance .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lloyd Finnemore .... assistant special effects supervisor
Tristan Fitzgerald .... special effects technician
Noel Forrester .... special effects assistant
Richard Georgeson .... special effects technician
Thomas O'Reilly .... special effects technician (as Tommy O'Reilly)
Dan Oliver .... special effects supervisor
Tim Riach .... special effects technician
Arthur Spink Jr. .... special effects workshop supervisor (as Arthur Spink)
Taj Trengove .... special effects set foreman
Visual Effects by
Justin Alvarez .... senior compositor: Cutting Edge
Daniel Brown .... senior compositor: Cutting Edge
Dave Brown .... 3d animator: Cutting Edge
Luca Byrne .... visual effects editor (as Luke Byrne)
Emma Clifton .... compositor: Cutting Edge
Rob Conn .... 3d animator: Cutting Edge
Bec Cubitt .... visual effects producer: Cutting Edge
Vincent Fiere .... matte painter: Cutting Edge
Alex Goodwin .... 3d animator: Cutting Edge
Jo Gregory .... visual effects producer: Cutting Edge
Andrew Kimberley .... 3d animator: Cutting Edge
Daniel Loui .... compositor: Cutting Edge
Filipe Marques .... compositor: Cutting Edge
Teena Mestres .... visual effects facility editor
Daniel Phillis .... 3d animator: Cutting Edge
Ron Roberts .... visual effects supervisor: Cutting Edge
Hugo Saunders .... compositor: Cutting Edge
Genevieve Serna .... compositor: Cutting Edge
Steve Anderson .... head of cgi (uncredited)
Rhye Copeman .... stunts: Aussie Infantry
Sebastian Dickins .... stunts: Infantry Man
Paul Doyle .... stunts: Allied Lorry Driver
Ashley Fairfield .... stunts: British Infantry Man
Nigel Harbach .... stunts: Aussie Infantry
Rhys James .... stunts: Aussie Infantry
Nathan Lawson .... stunts: Woodward Riding Double
Brett Sheerin .... stunts: British Stunt Sapper
Glenn Suter .... stunt coordinator
Lawrence Woodward .... stunt coordinator
Stephen Dunlevy .... stunt double (uncredited)
Blake Lindsell .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Ben Siemer .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Andre Deubel .... additional special effects cinematographer (as André Deubel)
Andre Deubel .... camera operator: "b" camera (as André Deubel)
Andre Deubel .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as André Deubel)
Drew English .... loader
Jonathan Heighes .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jonathan Heighes .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Gillian Huxley .... best boy
Benn Hyde .... key grip
Paul Jackson .... camera equipment supplier: Panavision Australia
Luke Jeffery .... loader
Peter Jepson .... videographer
Miles Jones .... gaffer
Pim Kulk .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Brooke Ledingham .... additional assistant grip
Charlie Lowe .... assistant grip
Wendy McDougall .... still photographer
Maurice McKay .... best boy grip
Luke Nixon .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Toby Oliver .... camera operator: "a" camera
Alex Petosevic .... electrician
Paul Shakeshaft .... additional first assistant camera
Rip Paul 'Thommo' Thompson .... additional assistant grip
Viliami Topli .... electrician (as Viliami Topui)
Matt Willis .... electrician
Casting Department
Stevie Ray .... casting associate
Mim Weger .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alex Becconsall .... assistant costume stand-by
Kristopher Bos .... costume assistant
Wendy Cork .... costume designer: civilian
Jon Eggleton .... costume assistant
Jon Eggleton .... costume warehouse
Elizabeth James .... costume assistant
Ivana Kasic .... costume buyer
Ivana Kasic .... costume craftsperson
Holly Landgren .... costume stand-by: civilian
Ian Sparke .... costume supervisor
Luke Sparke .... costume stand-by
Ruth Vance .... costume assistant
Amy Waite .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Luca Byrne .... first assistant editor (as Luke Byrne)
Ellena Flikier .... digital intermediate assistant: Cutting Edge
Adrian Hauser .... digital intermediate colorist: Cutting Edge
Michelle Junee .... project coordinator: Cutting Edge
Amanda Knight .... telecine rushes: Cutting Edge
John Lee .... post-production director of features: Cutting Edge
Oliver Leimbach .... editor: epk
Michaal Monk .... post-production assistant
Stuart Monksfield .... project manager: Cutting Edge
Robert Puru .... technical support: Cutting Edge (as Rob Puru)
Justin Ngy Tran .... digital intermediate on-line editor: Cutting Edge
Music Department
John Barrett .... musician: whistles & flutes
Ross Cockle .... score recording engineer
Robert John .... additional orchestrator
Robert John .... conductor
Daryl McKenzie .... orchestrator
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra .... musicians
Melbourne Film Scoring Orchestra .... additional musicians
Adam Rhodes .... music mixer
Fiona Sargeant .... musician: viola
Cezary Skubiszewski .... arranger
Cezary Skubiszewski .... music producer
Cezary Skubiszewski .... musician: piano
Other crew
Dorothee Babeck .... language advisor: German
Michael Beckley .... adr loop group
Lesley Beglan-Pagotto .... unit assistant (as Lesley Pagotto)
Kira Bohn .... script supervisor (as Kira M. Bohn)
Kristopher Bos .... assistant military advisor
Victoria Buchan .... unit publicist
Thomas De Vogt .... adr loop group
Grant Dodwell .... adr loop group
Michael Duggan .... adr loop group
Tim Dyson .... operations manager: Cutting Edge
Makirum Fahey-Leigh .... adr loop group
Shardyn Fahey-Leigh .... adr loop group
Eric Fleury .... caterer
Louise Fleury .... caterer
Mark Flynn .... freight services: Reel Freight
William Foley .... language advisor: Tok Pisin (as Prof. William Foley)
Elisa Fraser .... production assistant
Tony Gibbs .... insurance broker: HW Wood Australia
Kim Gladman .... skid steer master
Jeff Gribble .... assistant armorer
Lloyd Hart .... additional legal services
Lynn Hickmott .... animal wrangler: horses
Michael Horvath .... production runner
Karen Jones .... location manager
Col Kenna .... liaison: Townsville
Dennis Kreusler .... assistant military advisor
Katrina Lubans .... production secretary
Andrew McDonell .... adr loop group
Wendy McDougall .... assistant to director
Michael McMichael .... additional legal services
Sharon Menzies .... representative: Fulcrum Media Finance
Wolfgang Moeller .... adr loop group
Allan Mowbray .... armorer
Julian Munro .... legal services: Simpson Solicitors (as Jules Munro)
David Noakes .... completion guarantor: First Australian Completion Bond Co.
Brendan O'Connell .... adr loop group
Robina Osborne .... animal wrangler: canaries and rats
Rick Pagotto .... unit assistant
Laurence Pettinari .... safety supervisor
Ann Petty .... unit assistant (as Ann 'Ed' Petty)
Zorica Sarvas .... accounts assistant
Georgie Scott .... assistant to producer
Emile Sherman .... representative: Fulcrum Media Finance
Raj Sidhu .... adr loop group captain
Cassandra Simpson .... accommodation coordinator
Corrie Soeterboek .... completion guarantor: First Australian Completion Bond Co.
Wes Thomas .... excavator operator
Jan Thornton .... laboratory liaison: Deluxe Australia
Chris Veerhuis .... production runner
Kelly Vincent .... production coordinator
Verena von der Heiden .... language advisor: German
Lucy Vorst .... production accountant
Kerrie White .... caterer
Niki White .... assistant unit publicist
Matthew Wollaston .... assistant military advisor
Samuel R. Wright .... assistant military advisor (as Sam Wright)
Warwick Young .... military advisor
Clemens Zocher .... adr loop group
Nathan Smith .... lab liaison (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"The Silent War" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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Rated R for some war and violence and language
122 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The box that Tiffin makes for Captain Oliver Woodward, as shown in the movie, was the actual box that was made in the trenches during the war. The Woodward family still has this box and gave the cast and crew permission to use it for the film.See more »
Continuity: The scene where Jim Sneddon is buried by his mates, the grave site, the soil from it, as well as the entire surrounding area, is completely dry despite the depiction of consistent drenching rain for days on end.See more »
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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A tense thriller yet an accurate insight., 12 May 2010
Author: ( from Australia

'Beneath Hill 60' is a true story based on a front-line campaign in Belgium in 1917. This is a war film unlike any other. Not at least that it is about Australian soldiers in a predominately British campaign. There were many others who fought in both World Wars, though you wouldn't know it from most big budget war films we are used to seeing.

Oliver Woodward (Brendan Cowell) is a late inductee into the campaign on the front who must prove himself to his fellow Aussies who have been in the trenches for some time. It's literally hell on earth. But these soldiers belong to a special unit. The tunnelers. Their job, to subvert the enemy from beneath. They are soon sent to one of the great Fronts of WW1 in Belgium, to an area known Hill 60 which is currently dominated by the Germans. There is a plan in place, but can they pull it off? It's claustrophobic. It's tense. There is constant shelling. The guns shots come from nowhere. You can understand how many were driven mad by it. (Shell shock).

This film works on so many levels. A brilliant taut script by David Roach based on the actual diaries of Woodward who shows us that there is more at stake here than gaining mere inches of ground. There is the tenacity of man. The blunt simple-mindedness which is required to get the job done, but which can also blind some men from the truth. War is stupid. It's a game. And yet they are not merely soldiers but ordinary people. We get an insight into their lives, predominately through Woodward himself, which juxtaposes how horrific war is. We get an idea of the German position too. Often they are faceless enemy's but here we get a little insight into the men on the other side of the muddy walls.

It's a suspenseful film, directed with real flair and I'm surprised to say, mastery of the medium, by actor Jeremy Sims, whose first film, (Last Train to Freo), was rather an languid affair. Once again he works within an tight budget, (like all Australian films, except for that unmentionable one), but he puts you into the mud and the water and the darkness underground. You'll by yearning for your shower, dry bed and a cup of tea; privileges denied to most of these chaps for months at a time.

My only criticism is that Brendan Cowell looks too old for the part. He' s supposed to be 25. I could have gone along with it if I'd been told much earlier. But really he is Australia's best actor (Noise, Love My Way) and plays Woodward to perfection.

The supporting cast is also first class. Steve Le Marquand shows his depth and is totally believable. It's welcoming to see John Stanton back. We don't see him enough in Australian film. He has a strong presence and that amazing voice. He is an underused icon. I barely recognized Jacqueline McKenzie, who looks ten years younger than she is. She is always a pleasure to watch. Her on screen daughter played by Bella Heathcote is a real talent too though Aden Young's brief odd appearance seemed unconvincing. The tunnelers themselves, all work together to bring a on-screen camaraderie and presence. Credit must go to Sims and Roach for this collective working dynamic. Also noted are the chillingly effective 5.1 sound effects and a classy score by legendary composer Cezary Skubiszewski.

If you are from outside Australia, and don't like war films, it is still effective as a thriller and even a love story. It's highly recommended. For Australians, it's a must own DVD for every household. Finally, an Australian film to be proud of. And an important one at that.

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