Gallipoli From Above Screening on Anzac Day 2015 on ABC1 at 5pm
Screening ANZAC DAY on ABC 1 at 5pm, Saturday April 25th 2015
As part of the Anzac Centenary, GALLIPOLI FROM ABOVE will screen on ABC1 at 5pm. The film will also screen in Gallipoli at Anzac Cove, and at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance where director Wain Fimeri will introduce the documentary.
The documentary is presented by retired RAAF Intelligence Officer, Squadron Leader Hugh Dolan, who has discovered previously unseen documents that shed new light on the Gallipoli story.
Many people believe that the Australians landed at dawn, on the wrong beach, with little knowledge of the Turkish defences and that they were led by incompetent British officers. In fact nothing could be further from the truth.
The Australians ran their own show, using aerial intelligence, emerging technology and innovative tactics to land 20,000 troops on a heavily defended and precipitous shoreline. They used an aircraft carrier, a tethered balloon and a squadron of biplanes to gather detailed information on the deployment of the Turkish defenders and developed a plan for the landing that avoided significant casualties.
It is now 100 years since the landing and hundreds of books, movies and documentaries have failed to grasp the significance of the ANZAC achievement.
GALLIPOLI FROM ABOVE is based on Hugh Dolan’s book 36 Days: The Untold Story of the Gallipoli Landings. It sets out to change forever the way Australians think about Gallipoli.