Monday, March 10, 2014

Gallipoli (Movie) / Peter Weir (Director) / Six Degrees of Film


A discussion about Australian actors prior to coming to Hollywood began with  ...

1. Gallipoli (staring a very young Mel Gibson) - Two Australian mates face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the (tragically mismanaged) Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Leading to ...

2. Breaker Morant - Three Australian Lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

Which lead to a film set in Australia ...

3. Picnic at Hanging Rock - On Valentine's Day 1900, in Victoria, Australia, three students and a teacher from Appleyard College disappear during a class visit to Hanging Rock.

A play on words (with hints back to injustice) lead to ...

4. Bad Day at Black Rock - Shortly after WWI, a one-handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.

Leading to ...

5. The Fugitive (the motion picture starring Harrison Ford) - Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer (a one-armed man) while being the target of a nationwide manhunt.

Which lead to ...

6. Witness - A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policemen John Book (portrayed by Harrison Ford) goes into hiding in Amish Country to protect him until the trial.

Witness is directed by Peter Weir who also directed Gallipoli.

List courtesy of the RAT Queen with suggestions from her husband.

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