Rent Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

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1h 57min
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Synopsis:
Queensland miner, Oliver Woodward (Brendan Cowell), undertrained and never having faced hostile fire before, finds himself on the Western Front leading a secret team of Australian tunnellers fighting to defend a leaking, labyrinthine tunnel system packed with high explosives. If Woodward and his men can hold out, the massive mines will produce the biggest explosion the world has ever known and could change the course of the war. But the Germans have discovered the Australians' underground activity and as zero hour approaches, the whole allied strategy could be in jeopardy...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Bill Leimbach
Writers:
David Roach
Studio:
Momentum
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
Countries:
Australia
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/10/2010
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary with Jeremy Sims and David Roach
  • Beneath hill 60: A producer's journal
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/01/2003
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Writer David Roach and Director Jeremy Sims
  • Director's Storyboards
  • Photo Gallery

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Reviews (1) of Beneath Hill 60

Australian miners do their bit in World War I - well worth a watch - Beneath Hill 60 review by RP

Spoiler Alert
25/12/2014

After a war, we Brits have an unfortunate habit of forgetting our allies and letting it all fade into history. We have all too easily forgotten that it was our Russian allies who effectively won the Second World War with huge loss of life, and we have all too easily forgotten the men from the Empire who gave so much for King and country.

We owe an enormous debt to the Australians who fought in 'our' wars and we owe a debt to Australian cinema for reminding us of it with excellent films such as 'Gallipoli' (WWI) and 'Breaker Morant' (Boer War) - and 'Beneath Hill 60'.

'Beneath Hill 60' is based on the mining operations of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company before the Battle of Messines. It is based on the diaries of Captain Oliver Woodward (played here by Brendan Cowell). The film combines a love story as Woodward leaves behind his young love to fight in Belgium with a claustrophobic tale of the dangerous lives of the sappers as they place some 32 tonnes of explosives under the German lines.

While the film doesn't have quite the same deep impact of some earlier Australian war films it is rather well done, and well worth a watch. For more info on the background to the film search on Wikipedia for "Battle of Hill 60 (Western Front)"

4/5 stars - recommended.

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