25 April, 1915 – ANZAC troops head into battle on the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. It is the start of an eight-month stalemate where thousands will lose their lives. Living in the trenches amongst dysentery, flies and mud, innocent 17 year old Tolly Johnson (who has lied about his age in order to enlist) fears that he and his brother Bevan will be killed when they are thrust into the brutal battles of Gallipoli.
Whilst the troops are in the trenches, the commander of the campaign General Sir Ian Hamilton, who is located far from the battle, optimistically clings to the belief that he can break the stalemate and take the peninsula. Meanwhile outspoken British journalist Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett becomes determined to alert the British Prime Minister to the catastrophe that is unfolding, despite military censorship, and finds an ally in Australian correspondent Keith Murdoch.
Coinciding with the centenary of Australia’s most iconic battle, the eight hour series GALLIPOLI is the definitive dramatisation of the campaign that did so much to shape the Australian identity.
The series stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (Romulus, My Father, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Tolly alongside Harry Greenwood (Kokoda), Sam Parsonson (Rake), Tom Budge (Mabo), James Callis (The Musketeers), John Bach (Lord of the Rings: Two Towers and Return of the King), Nicholas Hope (Bad Boy Bubby), Anthony Hayes (Secrets & Lies), Matt Nable (Underbelly Bandness), Leon Ford (Beneath Hill 60), Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues), Anthony Phelan (Top of the Lake), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Puberty Blues), Justine Clarke (The Time of Our Lives). Travis Jeffery (Anzac Girls), Lincoln Lewis (House Husbands), Dion Williams (The Time of Our Lives), Gracie Gilbert (Love Child), Yalin Ozucelik (STC’s Cyrano de Bergerac), Lachy Hulme (Offspring), Grant Bowler (Outrageous Fortune) and Damon Gameau (Wentworth).
Nine Network, Screen Australia present an Edwards Connolly Banks Endemol Production in association with Film Victoria. The series is produced by John Edwards (Offspring, Puberty Blues, Love My Way), Imogen Banks (Offspring, Puberty Blues, Tangle), and Robert Connolly (Balibo, Paper Planes), GALLIPOLI is inspired-by Les Carlyon’s best-selling book of the same name.
Special Feature: Audio Commentary (Episode 1) with Dr. Dayton McCarthy, Historical and Military Advisor.
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