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Battle Ground (2013)

Forbidden Ground (original title)
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Three British soldiers find themselves stranded in No Man's Land after a failed charge on the German Trenches. Set in France 1916.

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Johan Earl, Denai Gracie (contributing writer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Johan Earl ... Sgt. Maj. Arthur Wilkins
Tim Pocock ... Pvt. O'Leary
Martin Copping ... Cpl. Richard Jennings
Denai Gracie ... Grace Wilkins
Sarah Mawbey ... Eve Rose
Barry Quin ... Dr. Bennett
Damian Sommerlad ... Lieutenant
Oliver Trajkovski ... Lieutenant's Aide
Igor Breakenback Igor Breakenback ... Sgt. Schmidt (as Igor Smiljevic)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Byron J. Brochmann Byron J. Brochmann ... German Sniper
Gudmund Helmsdal ... German Soldier (voice) (as Gudmund Helmsdal Nielsen)
Alex Jewson ... Pvt. Riley
Steve Maxwell Steve Maxwell ... German Soldier
James Shepherd James Shepherd ... Pvt. Franklin
Craig Walker ... Soldier Character Voices (voice)
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Storyline

When an allied charge on the German lines goes horribly wrong, one man finds himself stranded in No Man's Land. Reuniting with two other survivors, together they must help each other as they charge into the unknown across the muddy wasteland as the Germans quickly hone in on the desperate trio. Tensions rise between the soldiers as they are surrounded by explosions of grenades with the constant rattle of machine guns in their ears. Time is running out as they make their way back over enemy lines as an impending attack could soon take them out. Written by Lionsgate

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Taglines:

Survivors become heroes. Soldiers become brothers.

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and grisly images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2013 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Ground See more »

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Budget:

AUD1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original ending to the charge sequence involved a much more complicated stunt than appears in the final film. The character of Wilkins was supposed to leap into a crater for protection only to be blown off course by a nearby explosion and land in rancid water. Actor/co-director Johan Earl performed the stunt, which required a timed use of explosives and stunt harnesses, but the cameras being used to film the scene were momentarily affected by the nearby explosion, and the shots were ruined. The final ending to the scene was created with digital effects. See more »

Goofs

During the trench scene prior to going over the top, there is a modern pallet stood in the trench - this type was only made after the 1950's and much more commonly from the 1970's. See more »

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A refreshing take on WW1
25 February 2016 | by ausdcpSee all my reviews

Really enjoyed this film and I'm not much of a war person. It was a really refreshing take on a moment in our history, focusing on the very personal intimacy of mate-ship among soldiers, as opposed to the fanfare of explosions, gunfire and whiz bang visual effects.

It was nice to see a war film that peeked into the lives of the women left at home as well. When I think of the world wars and tragic loss of men involved in the conflict, I must admit I've never contemplated the hardships that women endured back on the home front.

This film offers a glimpse into what I've learnt to be an extremely common issue women were faced with whilst their men fought on the front lines. The limited options and primitive medical practices available to women back then are a frightening realisation of how helpless females must have felt living in that era. To have little to no control over their lives, let alone the ability to remedy bad choices is profoundly confronting.

A great take on a very sad era.


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