This year marked 100 years since World War I and Australia going to Gallipoli and fighting for our country.
To reflect this, I have looked at two mini-series which were seen on Australian television over the past year which focused on World War I from two different points of view. ANZAC Girls and Gallipoli.
ANZAC Girls vs. Gallipoli
- ANZAC Girls focused on a group of nurses who were deployed overseas during World War I – it followed their paths as they tended to the wounded in the battlefield, some finding love and others heartbreak during their time overseas.
- Gallipoli focused on the soldiers who went to Gallipoli and fought for Australia, some who faked their age so they could represent their country, were just boys. It showed different viewpoints including flashbacks at home before they left to go on what would be ill-fated journeys, for some.
- Both were shot in Australia and not overseas, so used local areas to portray Turkey and other countries. Because of this, it may not been seen as a true representation of what the landscape was like during the time of World War I.
- The writing differed in both as mentioned above, ANZAC Girls was from the female point of view (though it did have some strongly written male characters during the miniseries unlike only a few of female characters in Gallipoli) while Gallipoli was from a male point of view (Gallipoli was told from Kodi Smith-McPhee’s character narrative).
Descriptions courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment.
Based on real events and real people ANZAC Girls follows 5 extraordinary young women who serving as nurses in the First World War. Through shocking hardship Alice (Georgia Flood), Elsie (Laura Brent), Olive (Anna McGahan), Hilda (Antonia Prebble) and Grace (Caroline Craig) form lasting bonds of love and friendship as they experienced success, love and heartbreak.
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. A landmark TV event.
Thanks to Roadshow Entertainment, I have a DVD copy of the ANZAC Girls up for grabs. If you are interested, tweet me (@gossipcomm) your answer to this question.
“Anzacs have been represented many times over the years. What does the spirit of the Anzacs mean to you?”
Competition closes on July 13, 2015.