It’s an important question, and one that our adopted Kiwi Sam Neill strives to answer in his new doco. This write-up on it by Ben Neutze takes seven paragraphs to get to Neill’s film. And it doesn’t really articulate just what a fine job he does in just 90 minutes of covering the ugly realities of the Gallipoli campaign and how the ANZACs’ struggles have coloured our collective psyche over the subsequent 100 years. But it gives an interesting answer of its own:
“[Immortalising our disastrous Gallipoli campaign] allowed Australia to shift its focus from its ugly colonial past.” If you’re after a one line answer to this complex question then look no further.
As for so many, Gallipoli and the World Wars involved very personal stories for Neill’s family. More on this here: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/why-anzac-with-sam-neill-the-actor-remembers-his-fallen-family-20150414-1mk11p.html
‘Why Anzac with Sam Neill’ is available on iView for another 10 days – highly recommended. http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/why-anzac-with-sam-neill/DO1308H001S00