Morant (1981) Mr.
Bruce Beresford Director
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This movie speaks to the the very real spirit of the Australian genre in
their rejection of impersonal application of rules and sense of decorum in the face of the needs of more real ideals of justice at the end of the day, have been for this reason often considered expendable by the Brits (Gallipoli is another very great movie on a similar theme) some Australian soldiers during the time of the Boer war
are out on trial for actions they deem to have been defensible, as they
were in fact from their perspective here, "only following orders" to take
no prisoners. The penalty however is death if their orders are
subsequently denied as validly issued at all. A court martial is where
the judgment is to be made, in this case of a sad tale indeed.
The Boer war was a sad chapter in our history. The greatest of our
peoples in what is the leadership of the peoples of Europe - the British
and the Dutch of course (although one cannot lose sight of the French
or the Germans as Europe would be impoverished to the point of being
very considerable much less in beauty than it is) were involved in a
war against each other when they should instead have been
friends and partners all along in what was the spirit of Christianly
colonization in other parts of the planet where either would be justified
Indeed if you look at where the best of people of the traditions I speak of are now extant on this earth, they are in fact not too far from one another - I refer of course to the very greatest peoples of Australia, and the equally nice peoples of South Africa who have long since but the boer war behind them to become a lovely product of a very compatible breed destined for greatness in mutual company.
Michael Rizzo Chessman