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Peter Weir's film of drama, romance and political intrigue - set against the backdrop of a turbulent 1960s Indonesia - is an outstanding study of identity and innocence in a postcolonial world. Mel Gibson is great as Guy Hamilton - a naive, but well intentioned rookie reporter - but the film absolutely belongs to Linda Hunt's mercurial performance as Billy Kwan, the diminutive fixer and cameraman, for which Hunt was rightly awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Even after all these years, Peter Weir's masterful reinforcement of the Anzac legend remains an eminently watchable, undeniably powerful treatise on the power of mateship and the futility of war. A genuinely affecting film that creeps up on you and leaves you reeling from a poignantly abrupt finale.
Full of fine performances, written by one of the country's finest dramatists, David Williamson, and helped by arguably its greatest director, Peter Weir, GALLIPOLI is a bonefide classic of Australian cinema.