Four young Australian boys join the military and are sent to Gallipoli.
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Kodi Smit-McPhee ...  Thomas 'Tolly' Johnson 7 episodes, 2015
Harry Greenwood ...  Bevan Johnson 7 episodes, 2015
Sam Parsonson Sam Parsonson ...  Dave Klein 7 episodes, 2015
Tom Budge ...  Cliff Sutton 7 episodes, 2015
James Callis ...  Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett 7 episodes, 2015
John Bach ...  Sir Ian Hamilton 7 episodes, 2015
Nicholas Hope ...  Walter Braithwaite 7 episodes, 2015
Anthony Hayes ...  Anthony Chandler 7 episodes, 2015
Matt Nable ...  Harry Perceval 7 episodes, 2015
Leon Ford ...  Charles Bean 7 episodes, 2015
Ashleigh Cummings ...  Celia Houghton 7 episodes, 2015
Anthony Phelan ...  Sir William Birdwood 7 episodes, 2015
Paul English ...  Cecil Aspinall 7 episodes, 2015
Curtis Clarke ...  ANZAC Soldier 7 episodes, 2015
David Whiteley ...  Cyril Brudenell White 6 episodes, 2015
Glen Hancox Glen Hancox ...  Malcolm Ross 6 episodes, 2015
David Paterson David Paterson ...  Marcus Ledwidge 6 episodes, 2015
Travis Jeffery ...  Henry (Stewie) Stewart Watson 4 episodes, 2015
Lincoln Lewis ...  Chook 4 episodes, 2015
Dion Williams Dion Williams ...  Two Bob 4 episodes, 2015
John Lloyd Fillingham ...  Sir Alexander Godley 4 episodes, 2015
Hugh Parker Hugh Parker ...  Harold (Hooky) Walker 4 episodes, 2015
Peter Houghton Peter Houghton ...  Major Guy Dawnay 4 episodes, 2015
Nicholas Hammond ...  Henry Nevinson 4 episodes, 2015
Lachy Hulme ...  Lord Kitchener 3 episodes, 2015
Justine Clarke ...  Mrs. Johnson 3 episodes, 2015
Andy McPhee ...  Lieutenant Colonel John Antill 3 episodes, 2015
Stephen Ballantyne ...  Major Compton MacKenzie 3 episodes, 2015
Brian Lipson Brian Lipson ...  John De Robeck 3 episodes, 2015
Jim Daly Jim Daly ...  Father O'Brien 3 episodes, 2015
Shane Briant ...  Sir Frederick Stopford 2 episodes, 2015
Alex Andreas ...  Captain Ozkan 2 episodes, 2015
Grant Bowler ...  William Malone 2 episodes, 2015
Colin Moody ...  Sir William Bridges 2 episodes, 2015
James Wardlaw James Wardlaw ...  Hamilton Reed 2 episodes, 2015
Scott Terrill Scott Terrill ...  Commodore Keyes 2 episodes, 2015
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As dawn breaks on April 25, 1915, ANZAC troops go into battle on the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula. Landing in the dark chaos, Tolly, Bevan and their mates struggle to establish a tenuous foothold on the treacherous slopes and deep ravines. They endure the next eight months on the peninsula learning lessons of survival. By the time of the final evacuation they have also learned the skills of combat and what it means to be a young man in war. Written by ahmetkozan

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Nine Network Australia See more »
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Dolby Digital

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For the whole shooting of the show out in the open, the crew didn't actually shoot in Turkey itself. They actually stayed at home, in Melbourne. The crew managed to find a secluded hill range and a local gun range to film on, and even built trenches there. While they did go to Gallipoli, the scenery was altered too much to actually create the impression of the landscape. See more »

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Missed opportunity
18 March 2015 | by barisyorumezSee all my reviews

I think this series is a colossal failure for two simple reasons: One-dimensional story with awfully inadequate character development and --even more important-- enormous historical errors.

But before the negatives, let me write about the positives in the story. First the casting of Australian actors... Instead of fancy-looking over 30 years old established actors, the series made a good job in hiring young talented actors for depicting the ordinary "diggers" in the front. It definitely gives an authentic feel to the series. Second is the music. It is simply eloquent and captivating.

Unfortunately apart from these, there are not much to say good about the series.

As I said, in the Gallipoli, there is not any character development, no person to really empathize with, no multi-dimensional feelings, --in short-- no real war experience. Instead, what we have is the cacophony of privates, generals,journalists and ill-represented enemies.

While it does not glorify the war, it is still caught in many militaristic myths. For instance, it depicts the young Anzac soldiers as war-machines from the first day of the battle without leaving any room for their transformation throughout the battle. We are expected to believe that seventeen year old skinny kid without any combat experience bayonets and kills countless enemies from the day one in the peninsula. Unlike The Pacific's Eugene Sledge, who became proficient in war as he gained experience and got more scared, Gallipoli's Thomas "Tolly" Johnson snipes and bayonets well from the first day to the last while keeping his child-like innocence. (any soldier's diary would testify how unlikely it is)

There are also many small yet important historical inaccuracies. In Episode 1, the series depicts a handful of ANZAC soldiers (seemed like understrength battalion) were pushing on to the hills on the first day of attack. While in reality, about ten-thousand soldiers were fully committed to an assault on that day and --miracolously-- could not capture the hill thanks to the efforts of two Turkish regiments (27th and 57th), who were numerically far outnumbered by the Anzacs. Instead of Turkish efforts, the series decided to blame it on the incapability and confusion among the Allied commands while keeping the heroic and capable image of ordinary soldiers.

Second, in Episode 4, all of a sudden, Tolly decides to go to sniping trip and suddenly we see him outside of the overcrowded trenches, which --in reality-- surrounded entire Anzac front, in an open field with no men around. (note that, in reality, unlike Western Front, there was not no-men's land in this war.) Moreover he can get a clear view of the Turkish HQ tent and shot half a dozen of Turkish soldiers including the commander. There is obviously no trench, no guard, no outside post in a surrounding area. Anyone with a basic knowledge of the Gallipoli war and the topography of the peninsula, would know that it is impossible.

In conclusion, this series is not an accurate nor fair representation of the Gallipoli war. It is rather a melodrama of it. Considering the money and effort spent on it, it is sad.


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