Breaker Morant (35mm) PG

Three men in early 20th century khaki army uniforms seated behind a desk. A fourth man in uniform sits next to the table
27 April
Arc Cinema
Dir: Bruce Beresford, PG, Australia, 1980, 107mins, 35mm,

Breaker Morant is a classic of Australian cinema that portrays the military trial of three Australian soldiers charged with the murder of 12 prisoners and a German missionary during the Boer War in 1901. The film centres on war crimes allegations and the judicial process, issues which were controversial at the time of its release in the wake of the Vietnam War. Directed by Bruce Beresford, Breaker Morant won Best Supporting Actor (Jack Thompson) at the Cannes Film Festival. 

‘Intelligent and moving depiction of the futility of war with a superb script and mesmerising performances from all’ – Empire 

The film will be preceded by a screening of short film For the Honour of Australia (1916, 27 mins), a compilation of two 1915 Australian silent films, likely created as propaganda to promote Australia’s war efforts to British audiences in 1916. For Australia is a melodrama about the rescue of a journalist captured by German forces, while How We Beat the Emden recounts the naval conflict between Australia’s HMAS Sydney and the German SMS Emden in 1914. The latter is particularly historically valuable as it shows the wreckage of the real Emden

(Learn more about For the Honour of Australia and Breaker Morant at Australian Screen.) 

For The Honour of Australia is digitally preserved in the NFSA collection. Breaker Morant is presented on 35mm film prints from the NFSA collection.  



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