The Crater: a vietnam war story – 9th April, 2015.

The Crater



A ONE TIME ONLY SNEAK PREVIEW + face to face with filmmaker and the crew – discussion traversing such issues as authenticity in re-enactments, shaping the film, casting process, re-enactments vs. the real thing, integrating live Special FX with CGI on a modest budget.

Academy Award nominee David Bradbury has experimented with re-enactments in his new documentary THE CRATER:  a Vietnam war story.  This is a chance for Ozdox viewers to see the film on the big screen prior to broadcast and discuss the issues it raises with Bradbury and his team.

THE CRATER is the story of one man’s tour of duty in Vietnam and his obsessive search to locate 42 former enemy soldiers Killed in Action so their bodies can be returned to their families and their wandering spirits put to rest.

THE CRATER includes interviews with Australian Veterans and the Vietnamese who fought against them, as well the families of the martyrs whose souls are still wandering.   A deeply emotional story about the long-term consequences of war, THE CRATER includes powerful and superb battle re-enactments.

The Panel:  David Bradbury (director/producer), Jenny Day (producer), Andrew Arestides ASE (editor) and Peter Coleman ACS (camera operator Drama Shoot). VFX Supervisor Allan Moore and SPX Supervisor Chris Murray will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

David Bradbury is one of Australia’s leading documentary filmmakers whose films always tackle the burning issues of the day. Twice nominated for an Academy Award for his films Frontline (about veteran Cameraman Neil Davis) and Chile:  Hasta Cuando? (about Pinochet’s regime), Bradbury’s body of work over 30 years includes Nicaragua No Pasaran, Public Enemy No. 1, State of Shock, Jabaluka, Raul the Terrible and, more recently My Asian Heart and On Borrowed Time (about filmmaker Paul Cox).

Andrew Arestides ASE Andrew has a long, distinguished career as one of Australia’s leading documentary editors. His  credits include Fairweather ManThe Cars that Ate China (ASE Award Best Editing), Hurley – The Man Who Made History and Secrets of the Jury Room, both screened at the Sydney Film Festival.  Andrew was co-recipient of an AFI Award for Best Achievement in Editing a non-feature film for Painting with Light in a Dark World and won a second ASE Award in 2010 for Best Editing in the Documentary My Asian Heart, directed by David Bradbury.

Jenny Day’s 30-year career as a producer spans both drama and documentary.

Feature film credits include A Street to Die, The Crossing, Radiance and, more recently John Duigan’s Careless Love.  She produced Gill Armstrong’s theatrical documentaries Not Fourteen Again and Love Lust & Lies, Mohammed Hossain’s Intensive Care for SBS, Bruce Petty’s Utopia and co-produced Safina Uberoi’s A Good Man.

Peter Coleman ACS is a multiple award winning cinematographer based in Sydney. His specialty is primarily documentaries and docu-dramas, though his experiences span all aspects of film and TV, including feature films, Imax and commercials.  Peter has filmed in 40 countries over 20 years.  Documentary highlights include Constructing Australia: the Bridge, Tasmanian Devil: the fast and furious life of Errol Flynn, The Inquisition, Dead Tired, Fairweather Man, Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle.

Chair Ruth Hessey was a journalist in print radio and television for over 20 years working for all the major outlets, primarily SMH and the ABC. After transitioning into environment advocacy she started making films. Her award-winning documentary Waste Not has now been translated into 4 languages and screened in over 30 countries. She is currently working on two new projects.

THE CRATER will be broadcast on ABC1 at 9.30pm on Thursday 23 April


When:              Thursday April 9, 6pm for 6.30.

Where:            AFTRS, Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent Street, Moore Park

(parking discounted after 6pm)

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Entry:               Donation $7


RSVP not required, but be early to ensure your seat. Please invite your friends too!

This event is open to the public.