Parer's War

Synopsis: The story of World War II front-line cameraman Damien Parer, whose work won Australia's first Oscar, and how his desperate efforts to return to the battlefield were thwarted by his own government.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Alister Grierson
  3 nominations.
97 min

in the dope sheet

so we know what we're looking at.

Might need that

for the commentary.

That's Eora Creek

when we got the order to withdraw.

Just didn't have enough damn film

to show the scale of it.

They're the wounded coming back from

the forward lines. Bloody hundreds.

All this damn panning, Damien.

How do you suppose we cut it?

I think we need the whole shot, Ken.

It's just more truthful that way.

Fair enough.

This is all out of order.

That's up at Efogi.

What are they saying?

They're telling the officer

what they're up against.

It's a new kind of warfare.

We need to see it.

Is there any action footage?

You can't get action, Ken.

They're fighting blind.

You can't even see the enemy

when he's 10ft away

and then you're dead.

That's what they're telling him.

Look, these shots,

they're all over the place.

We've gotta get these bloody reels

in order.

Perhaps we should take a break,


Let's grab half an hour,

get a bite.

I know!

And I said to him, 'Didn't you

take dance classes at school?'

And he just looked at me

like I was crazy!

Don't know what's going on

with this government.

Tobacco's getting more and more

expensive, if you can get it at all.

It's a bloody joke.

Yes, but straight out of

the field? He's stonkered, Ken.

The propaganda boys want

it out as fast as we can do it.

Well, I've got his dope sheets.

I could leave the commandos

until later

and do a rough assembly on this

over the weekend

while he's taking a break.



Where have you been, you scoundrel?

Forgotten how to write?

Yeah. Sorry, got a bit sidetracked.

Oh, is that what you call it?


Just stringing some negs

in the darkroom.

Get yourself a drink.

And something to eat.

You look like

that mangy yellow dog

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