How Anzac movies fuel the Anzac myth

Australia's Anzac story has been greatly influenced by cinema, as these films show.
Peter Weir's 1981 film Gallipoli is 'perhaps the single most influential text on Anzac'. image: Associated R&R Films.

Film has always been central to a popular understanding of the Anzac story.

Within three months of the famous landings at Gallipoli in April 1915, Australian movies were portraying the event to audiences hungry for any information about their sons and brothers at war. Since then, Anzac themes have formed an important genre of Australian cinema and television, featured in more than 50 productions over the century since the first Anzac Day.

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