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Battle Ground (2013)

Forbidden Ground (original title)
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Three British soldiers find themselves stranded in No Man's Land after a failed charge on the German Trenches. Set in France 1916.


Johan Earl, Denai Gracie (contributing writer) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Johan Earl ... Sgt. Maj. Arthur Wilkins
Tim Pocock ... Pvt. O'Leary
Martin Copping ... Cpl. Richard Jennings
Denai Gracie ... Grace Wilkins
Sarah Mawbey ... Eve Rose
Barry Quin Barry Quin ... Dr. Bennett
Damian Sommerlad ... Lieutenant
Oliver Trajkovski ... Lieutenant's Aide
Igor Breakenback Igor Breakenback ... Sgt. Schmidt (as Igor Smiljevic)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Byron J. Brochmann Byron J. Brochmann ... German Sniper
Alex Jewson ... Pvt. Riley
Steve Maxwell Steve Maxwell ... German Soldier
Gudmund Helmsdal Nielsen ... German Soldier (voice)
James Shepherd James Shepherd ... Pvt. Franklin
Craig Walker ... Soldier Character Voices (voice)


When an allied charge on the German lines goes horribly wrong, one man finds himself stranded in No Man's Land. Reuniting with two other survivors, together they must help each other as they charge into the unknown across the muddy wasteland as the Germans quickly hone in on the desperate trio. Tensions rise between the soldiers as they are surrounded by explosions of grenades with the constant rattle of machine guns in their ears. Time is running out as they make their way back over enemy lines as an impending attack could soon take them out. Written by Lionsgate

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Survivors become heroes. Soldiers become brothers.


Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and grisly images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 December 2013 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Ground See more »


Box Office


AUD 1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point rain on location became so intense that cast and crew were caught in mud up to one foot deep. This meant that moving across even a single set became arduous and time-consuming. See more »


In the final scene, he places roses on her grave, but he's wearing a very modern looking watch with metal strap. See more »

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Deconstructing War
9 September 2013 | by ChelseaJGilesSee all my reviews

Forbidden Ground – Battle Ground in other parts of the world – is a must see. The film pushes you - clue: a giant fishhook, you'll know it when you see it – finding a balance between reality and heroism that is exceptionally well carried by the cast. Unlike most films of it's genre, war and violence are not glorified as they are deconstructed. The characters build a convincing and consuming narrative that makes this more than just your average war film. Forbidden Ground proves that war in film is should not be simply well framed explosions – although those that are fans of a good detonation will not be disappointed – but a collection of heartbreaking and precious stories of survival, difficult choices, and perseverance. It is at heart a piece about people, and does not shy away from holding a mirror to battlefield politics and loss of innocence. Visually Forbidden Ground is sleek and where there are some visual effects that are noticeable, they do not intrude on the flow. All in all, Forbidden Ground is a fantastic effort and a quality production, and deserves all the international attention it is getting, and more!

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