This classic Australian film is a fitting way to open our tribute season to the late Australian actor Bill Hunter.
The most touching and noble of Hunter's support roles in the 1980s and '90s was arguably his part in Peter Weir's epic and poetic war film.
Appearing only in the second and third acts, Hunter's impact on the film is nevertheless on a par with leads Mel Gibson and Mark Lee. His Major Barton is one of the best examples of his under-acknowledged talent for embodying the restrained dignity and conscience of traditional Australian middle-class, white-collar masculinity, a character who tries to do the right thing by the raw and naive troops under his command.
Presented in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.