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In 1981 an Australian director Peter Weir made the film Gallipoli As the title suggests this film follows Australias involvement in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign focusing on the fictional lives of two young idealistic mates - Archy Hamilton Mark Lee and Frank Dunne Mel Gibson who become best buddies and decide to enlist together for military service when they join the war effort Despite the fact that the story of these two characters is fictional Weirs eye for historical accuracy is precise and the events depicted in the film reflects the powerful national legend of Gallipoli and ANZAC day This film provides insight on the attitudes to the war enlistment training trench warfare and the danger of imminent death The movie opens off with the scene of Archy training for his hundred yards sprint What are your legs Springs steel springs What are they going to do Theyre going to hurl me down the track How fast can you run As fast as a leopard How fast are you going to run As fast as a leopard Then lets see you do it These are the words of motivation used by his Uncle Jack which you will see used later in the movie When Archy hears about the outbreak of war he is excited Like most Australian men he is keen to join the army because he deems it as his obligation for the reason that he is physically stronger but also thinks it would be a short war and a great adventure Other reasons for enlistment were represented in the characters of the railroad workers who desired the approval of young women and the chance to quit their jobs and earn higher wages Like Archy they believed it would be a great adventure and did not understand the realities of war At an athletics race Archy meets Frank who is reluctant to enlist because he does not see it as Australias
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