Anzac: A Nation's Heritage

Anzac: A Nation's Heritage
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This film was made in 1965 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in 1915.

Commemorative services were held in Australia, New Zealand and Britain, and a group of Anzacs went on a pilgrimage back to Gallipoli. This film was part of the commemoration.

Using historic footage, war art and a re-enactment at Anzac Cove, the film traces the history of the war between the Allies and Turkey, culminating in the fateful Anzac landing on the beach at dawn on 25 April 1915.

The film is interspersed with scenes of modern-day Turkey and draws a powerful analogy between the 1915 Gallipoli campaign and the heroic battles of the Trojan War, which took place close by at Troy, southeast of the Dardanelles. 

From the Film Australia Collection. Made by The Commonwealth Film Unit, 1965. Directed by Don Murray.