I cry a lot more as I get older. I don’y cry a lot, but I do cry a lot more often.
So when I saw the most recent trailer for the new Foxtel series, Deadline Gallipoli, and the opening piano notes of Augie March’s ‘There’s no Such Place’ began to twinkle over scenes of the bravest men that ever lived, diving upon grenades and surviving in the face of unimaginable atrocity, I immediately began to well up.
Rather than the traditional stories of Gallipoli of the past, Deadline Gallipoli is set to shed light on that famous battleground from the perspective of those that told its original story – the journalists that were embedded with the troops.
The journalists, Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Phillip Schuler and Keith Murdoch, were all men that themselves lived through the infamous campaign and in inspiring detail documented the extraordinary and often horrific circumstances events of Gallipoli in 1915, and were thus the first generation of artists to really document war for the hell it was.
It’s surely going to be a unique perspective on a brutal and defining period in Australian history.
The series stars newcomer Joel Jackson stars as Bean, Hannibal‘s Hugh Dancy as Bartlett, Ewen Leslie (Wonderland, or as I prefer to remember him Guido from Ship To Shore) as Murdoch, and Hollywood star Sam Worthington as Schuler. Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance plays Hamilton, the Commander of the Gallipoli campaign, Aussie icon Bryan Brown plays General Bridges and giant of Australian theatre, John Bell, plays Lord Kitchener.
Deadline Gallipoli will air on Foxtel’s showcase channel in 2015 to coincide with the Gallipoli centenary commemorations in April.