Friday, May 17, 2013

Thursday May 23rd at 7:00 pm

Australian Movie Night: Breaker Morant

Have a free dinner at the Community Supper at the Vestry then stroll over to the library for a free movie! Breaker Morant is based on a true story about three soldiers in the Boer War who are served up as political scapegoats of the British Empire. Free admission and popcorn thanks to the Friends of the Hancock Town Library.

2 comments:

G Morrison said...

This 1980 film by director Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Driving Miss Daisy) is a gem.

Breaker Morant is not a morality play, with archetypal characters spewing out various philosophical points - viewers will come to know and care about the characters as genuine individuals. But ‘big’ questions are raised by the flow of the story:

How far up the chain of command does responsibility lie for questionable actions by soldiers in the field?

How does an army successfully wage war against an opponent that does not abide by the conventional rules of war?

Does winning such a conflict entail abandoning the rules of war altogether?

How far should you go in fighting ‘fire with fire?’

Breaker Morant does not presume to answer these questions with neatly tied-up solutions - it only raises them…

Amy Markus said...

Thank you so much, George, for your brief analysis of the movie!