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Deadline Gallipoli 

Three journalists, Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead Bartlett and Phillip Schuler, arrive at Gallipoli with the invading British and Allied troops in 1915. They will report the war but are ... See full summary »
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Three journalists, Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead Bartlett and Phillip Schuler, arrive at Gallipoli with the invading British and Allied troops in 1915. They will report the war but are prevented from getting out the true story of an unfolding disaster. From encampment in Cairo to Anzac Cove to the evacuation, this is the story of journalists who will not accept that truth be the first casualty. This is the story of the men who will not shut up. The actions of these men will help change the course of the campaign, ensure that a strategic disaster becomes a legend of human heroism, and leave an impregnable mark on each of their lives. Written by Matchbox

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The first casualty of war is the truth.


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As a result of an injury at the Battle of Majuba in the First Boer War (1881), Sir Ian Hamilton was unable to use his left hand. Here he shown using cutlery, dressing etc without any problem. See more »


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Mightier than the sword
16 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Not long before "Deadline Gallipoli" was shown on TV, a panel of entertainment reviewers commented on how Australians were getting Gallipoli'd out as we approached the 100th anniversary of the landing.

They discussed the avalanche of documentaries, special features and media events commemorating the event. They felt that overkill was the main reason the recent, big budget mini-series, "Gallipoli", had not rated well. However, they had high hopes for this two-part series, which covered the war correspondent's role in the campaign. Was such optimism justified?

For the most part the answer is yes, but with reservations in a few areas.

The story covers the attempts of four correspondents to report the Gallipoli campaign: Englishman, Ellis Ashmead Bartlett (Hugh Dancy), and Australians, Charles Bean (Joel Jackson), Phillip Schuler (Sam Worthington) and Keith Murdoch (Ewan Leslie). The series gives a fascinating insight into the way the military hierarchy tried to censor every report mainly to cover their own shortcomings.

The film's strength is in the believable, sometimes witty exchanges between the characters, which lets us know what is happening without resorting to narration. The script, and a well-chosen cast define the characters of the men involved: the more rebellious Bartlett, Schuler and Murdoch against the somewhat straight-laced and studious Bean. It takes a good script to hold the attention through the intrigues of that 100-year old campaign, but "Deadline Gallipoli" is full of tension.

Where it suffers is in depictions of the campaign – it seems the budget could only stretch so far. For example, the advance of three thousand Australians across the flat plain at Krithia is represented here by a couple of dozen extras scampering around on a hillside. For the most part, the major complaint about the recreations is lack of scale rather than outright distortion, but the Charge at the Nek is a different matter.

This must be put down to a brain snap on the part of the filmmakers. Only masochists would run the risk of such a weak offering being compared with Peter Weir's masterful recreation of the event in 1981's "Gallipoli". It's almost as though the rigorous research that informed the rest of the production simply didn't take place here.

Charles Bean was not in the front line at the Nek during the charge nor was 'Push on' Antill. As for the latter threatening to shoot men who would not climb out is something I haven't read in any of Charles Bean's accounts or in John Hamilton's well-researched, "Goodbye Cobber, God Bless You". It's a pity that this strange scene was included in a drama, which has as its central theme the honest and accurate reporting of history.

With that said, "Deadline Gallipoli" is probably the best of the current crop of mini-series and recreations about Gallipoli. It brings to life with a degree of intelligence, men who made an impact on the times they lived in and shaped history as we know it.

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