Gallipoli Australian Identity

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Members of the board, today I am here because the film Gallipoli is a necessity in your upcoming film festival. The movie Gallipoli, showcases the story of the ANZACs and contains many aspects of the Australian identity. This film is an essential movie in any Australian film festival because it plays a crucial part in the development and the representation of the country on an international scale. The movie demonstrates many aspects of the Australian identity such as brotherhood, the belief in the underdog and it is a constant reminder of the mistakes that were made and the loss and suffering brought on by war.
The theme of mateship is a large aspect of the Australian identity. Time and time again, history has shown us that Australians are
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This idea of the ‘underdog’ represents the little guy rising to the challenge and doing their best. It represents the idea of everyone having a fair go and it represents the idea of giving it all you’ve got and not giving up. This idea of the underdog is very prominent in the ANZACs as they were viewed as being the little guy and weak, however they rose to the challenge of Gallipoli and gave it their best regardless of the outcome. A strong demonstration of the underdog can be seen here in this scene where we see hundreds of men training and preparing themselves for the war, in fact even the generals in this scene look upon their soldiers with doubt, which solidifies the idea of the underdog because many doubted them. Additionally, to convey the idea of the ANZACs being underdogs, camera angles, which we can see in the photos here are used create this affect by having a downward angle which represents weakness and…show more content…
This film tells the story of the loss and heartbreak brought on by war. This film tells the story of death and despair. This film is a constant reminder of the mistakes that were made and their grievous consequences. And while yes, we have diary entries, photographs and stories detailing what happened at Gallipoli, a film is needed to fully convey the emotions and experiences the ANZACs had, and this film does just that. In this scene here, we are bombarded with images of hundreds of men running to their death and dying for their country. And here, we see Archie, an 18 year old boy, meet his death brought on by the guns of war. These scenes are used to show the thousands upon thousands of lives lost in Gallipoli and they are reminders about what has happened and what should never happen
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