‘The Crater’: A Vietnam War Story

By March 27, 2015 Events

The Crater is the story of one man’s tour of duty in Vietnam and his obsessive search to locate 42 former enemy soldiers ‘killed in action’ so their bodies can be returned to their families and their wandering spirits put to rest.  A deeply emotional story about the long-term consequences of war, The Crater includes powerful and superb battle re-enactments, including interviews with Australian veterans and the Vietnamese who fought against them, and the families of the martyrs whose souls are still wandering.

OzDox presents a one-time only sneak preview of The Crater on the big screen prior to broadcast. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and his crew, who will talk about shaping the film, the casting process, re-enactments vs the real thing, and integrating live special FX with CGI on a modest budget.

Panelists are: David Bradbury (director/producer), Jenny Day (producer), Andrew Arestides ASE (editor) and Peter Coleman ACS (camera operator). VFX supervisor Allan Moore and SPX supervisor Chris Murray will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

When: Thursday 9 April, 6:00pm.

Where: AFTRS, Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent Street, Moore Park  (parking discounted after 6pm).

Entry: $7 Donation

RSVP not required, but be early to ensure your seat.

The Crater will be broadcast on ABC1 on Thursday 23 April, 9.30pm.

About the Panel:

David Bradbury is one of Australia’s leading documentary filmmakers whose films always tackle the burning issues of the day. With an extensive body of work spanning 30 years, Bradbury has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, for films Frontline (about veteran Cameraman Neil Davis) and Chile: Hasta Cuando? (about Pinochet’s regime).

Andrew Arestides ASE has had a long, distinguished career as one of Australia’s leading documentary editors.  With two ASE Awards, screenings at SFF and an AFI Best Achievement in Editing award win for  for Painting with Light in a Dark World and a second ASE Award in 2010 for Best Editing in the Documentary My Asian Heart, directed by David Bradbury.

Jenny Day’s 30-year career as a producer spans both drama and documentary. Her feature film credits include A Street to Die, The Crossing, Radiance and John Duigan’s Careless Love.

Peter Coleman ACS is a multiple award-winning cinematographer based in Sydney. His specialty is primarily documentaries and docu-dramas, though his experiences span all aspects of film and TV, including feature films, Imax and commercials. Peter has filmed in 40 countries over 20 years. His documentary highlights include Constructing Australia: the Bridge, Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn, The Inquisition, Dead Tired, Fairweather Man and Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle.

Chair Ruth Hessey was a journalist in print radio and television for over 20 years working for all the major outlets, primarily SMH and the ABC. After transitioning into environment advocacy she started making films. Her award-winning documentary Waste Not has been translated into four languages and screened in over 30 countries. She is currently working on two new projects.

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