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Field Punishment No.1 (2014)

In 1916, the New Zealand Government secretly shipped 14 of the country's most outspoken conscientious objectors to the Western Front in an attempt to convert, silence, or quite possibly kill them. This is their story.

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Peter Burger
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Credited cast:
Fraser Brown ... Archibald Baxter
Byron Coll ... Mark Briggs
Michael Whalley ... William Little
Jason Hodzelmans ... John Baxter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victoria Abbott Victoria Abbott ... Sophie
Damien Avery Damien Avery ... Sandy Baxter
Tim Carlsen ... James
Richard Chapman Richard Chapman ... Lawrence Kirwan
Daniel Cleary ... Old Soldier (as Dan Cleary)
Barry Duffield ... Dunkirk Warder
Robert Hartley Robert Hartley ... Sam
Stephen Hunter ... Aussie Bill
Tama Jarman Tama Jarman ... Hugh
Eli Kent Eli Kent ... Garth Ballantyne
Colin Moy ... Sergeant Bolton
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In 1916, the New Zealand Government secretly shipped 14 of the country's most outspoken conscientious objectors to the Western Front in an attempt to convert, silence, or quite possibly kill them. This is their story.

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The war heroes we never heard about

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War is pointless.
1 May 2014 | by chris-meeneySee all my reviews

What a harrowing time Archibald Baxter had in our glorious New Zealand army. His treatment with the other objectors, was shameful bullying. The most poignant part of this story is the way that these courageous men were called cowards by members of the army, when in fact they were by far the bravest, strongest and most admirable men imaginable. This is a matter of fact telling of the story of Archibald Baxter, well acted and paced perfectly. The movement through time which occurs throughout the film, is effective, if a little confusing at the beginning. This would be a good reference point for secondary students, to discuss and debate a range of ideas such as compulsory conscription, the cost of war in financial and human terms, and the ugliness of war.


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New Zealand

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English

Release Date:

22 April 2014 (New Zealand) See more »

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Auckland, New Zealand

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Lippy Pictures See more »
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