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Kokoda Front Line! (1942)

Cameraman Damien Parer has just returned from the front in New Guinea, where he's documented Australian troops in action. He explains this to us in a prolog. We then see air drops of ... See full summary »
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Peter Bathurst ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Damien Parer ... Himself - Presenter
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Cameraman Damien Parer has just returned from the front in New Guinea, where he's documented Australian troops in action. He explains this to us in a prolog. We then see air drops of supplies, wounded men being carried on stretchers by native porters, and men leaving camp to go to the front. There's a tiny bit of possibly staged combat footage. A narrator explains that the Japanese soldiers are expert at disguise, and how important support from the home front is. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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18 September 1942 (Australia)  »

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This film is considered a Second World War wartime propaganda film of Australia. See more »

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New Guinea on screen for the first time
27 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

The first Australian production to win an Academy Award focuses on a platoon in New Guinea. Viewers nowadays will notice the casual use of racial slurs in reference to the Japanese, and a patronizing focus on the New Guineans. Aside from that, "Kokoda Front Line!" will be of interest to history buffs as a time capsule. I had never heard of Damien Parer before watching this, but it sounds as though he did a lot of important work during WWII (he fell victim to Japanese forces in 1944). The fact remains that no person who hasn't served in combat can truly know what it's like; we get only get a sense from the footage.

It's worth seeing as long as we understand the dated content. Another New Guinea-set documentary that I recommend is "The Sky Above - the Mud Below", which also won an Academy Award.


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