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December 2014 News

Toowoomba-made film released nationally

  • Written by  Ian Anderson

Two years in the making, “The Charge of the ANZACs”, produced by Toowoomba-based production company Metafilms, was released nationally last month.

“It was very exciting to see the DVD of our first feature-length documentary hit the shelves,” said Metafilms producer Dan Sercombe.

Commemorating the 95th anniversary of the famous charge of Beersheba in Israel during World War I, the film follows 40 members of the Australian Light Horse Association as they retrace the footsteps of the original WWI light horsemen.

Shot on location in Egypt, Turkey and Israel, the 1-hour film journeys from the pyramids of Cairo, to the expanse of ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli, and culminates with an inspiring reenactment of the charge in Beersheba .

Tom Dawson and Barry Rodgers OAM are among a number of locals who play key roles in the documentary.

“I think this documentary is important in highlighting a number of battles that Australia was involved in during the Middle East campaign,” said Barry. “We can sometimes forget that many ANZACs who survived Gallipoli went on to claim some tremendous victories, such as the charge of Beersheba.”

Today, this charge is regarded as one of the greatest military charges of the modern era, as the capture of Beersheba helped to change the course of WWI in the Middle East.

“The history and heritage of the Light horse is extremely important to us,” said Tom Dawson, “and this film gives us a glimpse of the incredible ANZAC spirit that was developed in these men.”

The film also follows the emotional journey of a number of descendants of the original light horse soldiers.

“The way this film has been made into a very moving story is simply stunning,” said Dean Sandham, who recently watched the DVD.

Metafilms producer Dan Sercombe said there are more projects in the pipeline, and hopes to continue telling great stories that promote a Christian world-view.

“We are currently in post-production of a behind-the-scenes Easterfest documentary, and have just finished shooting a Schoolies doco as well.”

“The vision of Metafilms is to produce the highest standard of visual story-telling that provokes the viewer to consider the reality of God and eternity,” said Dan.

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