Sir Peter Jackson, superstar director of Lord of the Rings, The Lovely Bones and King Kong has once again expressed a desire to bring the tale of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps’ involvement in the First World War to cinemas.
Speaking to the New Zealand Dominion Post, he stated that he wants to make a film based around the Anzac’s involvement in the battle of Gallipoli. When asked about Gallipoli, the 1981 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson, he said “I choke back the tears every time I watch it.”
But he has an issue with the way the film presented the other country involved in the battle – the English. Gallipoli claimed that the English were simply “drinking tea on the beach” and allowing the Anzac troops to die in droves, but he states this is not the case – a lack of coordination between the forces of Australia and New Zealand at ‘the Battle of the Nek‘ caused the loss of the 300 lives that day.
As the 100th anniversary of the battle approaches, he stated that it was one he’d “love to make as the 100th anniversary gets closer”. This highlighted the reasoning behind his sudden drive to do the film, though when he’ll do it is the question – having Tintin, The Hobbit and the adaptation of the novel Mortal Engines. He seems determined, however, and we look forward to seeing the results.