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William Kelly's War (2014)

As the Great War begins, Billy and Jack Kelly together with cousin Paddy sign on and are shipped out to serve in Europe. Billy, a known marksman is singled out to head up a highly ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Maureen Alford Maureen Alford ... Kath
Peter Berzanskis Peter Berzanskis ... Peter Burns
Marie-Therese Bjornerud ... Townswoman
John Black John Black ... Jim Kennett
Tony Bonner ... Mr. Kelly
Helen Davis Helen Davis ... Mrs. Marjorie Kelly
Josh Davis Josh Davis ... Billy Kelly
Mathew Davis Mathew Davis ... Jack
Tom Farrah Tom Farrah ... Ned Kennett
Lachlan Hume Lachlan Hume ... Paddy
George Ivanoff George Ivanoff ... Major Jones
Dave Kenyon Dave Kenyon ... Military Police Chaplain
Dean Kirkright Dean Kirkright ... Will Kennett
Andrew Knight Andrew Knight ... ANZAC Prisoner
Troy Larkin Troy Larkin ... Cec Kennett
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As the Great War begins, Billy and Jack Kelly together with cousin Paddy sign on and are shipped out to serve in Europe. Billy, a known marksman is singled out to head up a highly successful sniper team. Journalist Keith Murdoch is attached to Billy's group for press coverage of the front line. With Murdoch's glowing reports, Billy and the boys become celebrated war heroes. As the war drags on, the defeat at Gallipoli leads to more death and carnage in France. Billy's sniper abilities and courage in hand to hand fighting astounds his fellow soldiers, he is awarded the Legion of Honour. Back home, Billy's parents confronted with lawless bushrangers who threaten their lives and livelihood and fearing they will never see their sons again begin to campaign to oppose the government conscription policy. In Europe, Billy's team are sent forward to harass the enemy prior to a major assault on the infamous and impregnable Hindenburg Line. Through an amazing feat of determination and courage ... Written by IFM / Filmways

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Australia 1914-1918. The War stole their youth. Outlaws stole their future.

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Drama | War

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldiers of Honour See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia

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Avalon Films See more »
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Approximately 55 minutes into the film, when Mrs Kelly is questioning a Major about her son's status as MIA, the Crown on the Majors right shoulder is upside down. See more »

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Surprisingly Interesting Australian Indie on one families' WW1.
23 October 2016 | by Tom DooleySee all my reviews

The Kelly family have carved out a little piece of paradise in the old Australia where their father has created a cattle ranch and brought up a loving family. Then the Great War breaks out and the two eldest brothers, Billy and Jack, sign up together with their rambustious cousin Paddy.

We also have the antics that take place back home, with the opposition to conscription, the fretting of the families and the low dealings of opportunistic bush rangers.

Now I watched this on Amazon Prime Video and thought it would be a time killer, but no it is actually really good for an indie. The WW1 scenes may be lacking in money but they have tried extremely hard to recreate the terrible atmosphere of the war. Purists will not be impressed though. There are some scenes that are a bit of a stretch in that they never could have happened and that has caused some criticism – the hospital for example – but I do not want to spoil the plot.

The acting is very good to 'just OK' but the story is strong enough to make you forgive any shortcomings as this is a film that demands that you go along for the ride and you will enjoy it. I was hooked right till the end so this is one of those films that I can recommend but with the above caveats and I am being glass half full.


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