Cinema: Brass vs. Grunt

BREAKER MORANT

Directed by Bruce Beresford

Screenplay by Bruce Beresford, Jonathan Hardy and David Stevens

At the sad, debilitating end of the Boer War, three Australian soldiers are brought to court-martial. The charge: murdering some Boer "civilians" they have captured in a vengeful raid, along with a German missionary whose death has provoked a murmur of international reproach. The soldiers' commander, Lord Kitchener, wants to make an example of them so as to disarm world opinion about his unedifying conduct of a nasty war.

Breaker Morant persuasively posits a parallel between this century's first large-scale colonial conflict (the...

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