More Winners: Boy Soldiers

Australia, 1990

Film

Episode of Series ‘More Winners’.
In 1910 the Australian Government passed a law requiring all boys aged between 14 and 17 years of age to register for compulsory military training. Between 1911 and 1915, more than 30,000 boys were persecuted for failing to obey this law. This story tells of one such boy, Will Barnes, a 14 year old conscientious objector who refuses to register. After prosecution Will is sentenced to three months training at Fort Queenscliff. At the fort, Will refuses to wear a uniform or to be involved in any type of military training. Will meets a lot of opposition but also wins his share of admirers, for sticking to his beliefs.

Cast includes Tamblyn Lord, Nathan Croft, Bruno Lawrence, Nicholas Bell and Gary Sweet.

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Credits

production company

Quartier Latin International

Australian Children's Television Foundation

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

producer

Margot McDonald

director
writer

Cliff Green

Duration

00:48:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1990

Appears in

Group of items

More Winners [Series]

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324548

Language

English

Audience classifications

G

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Australia - Armed forces

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Military discipline

Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 12+

Childrens Films → Children's films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Pacifism

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Values

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Values

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Values

History → History

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file H264; ACMI Digital Access Copy - presentation

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