The Spirit of Gallipoli
The Spirit of Gallipoli is a 1928 silent Australian film. Originally running at 5,000 feet length only 1,554 feet survive.
|The Spirit of Gallipoli|
|Directed by||Keith Gategood|
|Produced by||Keith Gategood|
|Written by||Hal Carleton|
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|17 March 1928|
A rebellious young man, Billy Austin, is conscripted into the Australian Army. Initially an unwilling soldier, he eventually becomes a good one, and dreams of serving with the ANZACs at Gallipoli. He eventually leaves the army, gets married and settles down on a farm.
- Keith Gategood as Billy Austin
- William Green as Jack Thomas
- Samuel Harris as William Austin
- Gwen Sherwood as Mrs Austin
- Marie Miller as Gladys Merton
The film was made by two young army trainees of the 55th Battalion with a cast of amateurs in early 1928. It was a propaganda piece to promote the role of the army in peacetime. Army co-operation meant enabled several scenes to be shot at Liverpool camp.
The footage of the Gallipoli dream sequence is taken from the silent movie The Hero of the Dardanelles (1915).
Commercial reception appears to have been limited.
- "NEW FILMS". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 19 March 1928. p. 6. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 181.
- Paul Byrne, 'The Hero of the Dardanelles' at Australian Screen Online