Film Worksheet #3: Gallipoli
(Handout) Written Assignment - See Course Plan for relevant deadlines

Juanita Student
FA 125, Prof. C. Agatucci
Film Worksheet #3:
28 April 2010

Gallipoli. Dir. Peter Weir. Wr. Peter Weir and David Williamson. Prod. Patricia Lovell and Robert Stigwood. Perf. Mark Lee, Mel Gibson, Bill Kerr, Bill Hunter. Australian Film Commission - R & R Films, 1981. Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, Special Collector's ed., 2005. DVD.

Film Worksheet #3: Gallipoli

Part A. READING ASSIGNMENTRead some film reviews or commentaries on Gallipoli, on director Peter Weir, and/or on related background topics (like the Gallipoli Campaign of WWI, ANZAC Day, Australian Cinema, Australian Female Filmmakers or Gillian Armstrong). 
1.  Describe three or four valuable points you learned from these reviews/commentaries AND identify the source/s you consulted.

Part B. YOUR FILM VIEWING IMPRESSIONS:  Respond to FOUR of the following topics:
2. Opening/Title Sequence:  Comment on the impression/mood created, your interpretation of the (visual & musical) information provided, and what the opening leads you to expect  from this film.  
3.  Main Characters (Protagonists):  Analyze Archy Hamilton & Frank Dunne.  How are they alike and different? Comment on how their relationship demonstrates the Australian concept and virtues of "Mateship"/"Mate" (see definitions in Introduction: Gallipoli handout).
4. Sport/Game and War. Comment on the ways sport/game and war are linked in the film, and role/s played by "running."  Consider the reason/s why the main characters (Archy, Frank, Billy, Barney, Snowy) enlist.
5. Genre, Plot Structure, Locations. Gallipoli belongs to a familiar genre or type of story variously called "coming of age," undergoing "rites of passage" or "initiation" into adulthood, and "loss of innocence." The plot structure of Gallipoli is divided into three acts, in three main locations:
Act 1: Southwestern Australia (the longest act); Act 2: Cairo, Egypt; Act 3: Gallipoli battlefield (the shortest act). Describe key plot events of each act/location as stages in the progress of the young men's "coming of age"/"initiation" into adulthood/"loss of innocence."  
6. Peter Weir's signature other-worldly/surreal "film moments."  As film critic Romy Sutherland has observed, Gallipoli is dominated by "dusty realism,"
"with fe[w] obviously stylised effects," but Peter Weir departs from this norm in some "richly atmospheric [film] moments to portray the subjective confusion of traumatic events," tense encounters between "alternative realities," or unsettling "hallucinatory, dreamlike states" (see Introduction: Gallipoli handout). Comment on "Weir'd" film moments you found striking.  
7. Ending & closing Freeze Frame.  Explain your reactions to the film's ending and the closing freeze frame of Archy Hamilton.  What earlier scenes/dialogue are echoed in the closing scene, and how do they comment on the meaning of the ending?
8. Themes & Significance. Offer your interpretation of the theme/s or message/s of the film.  You may wish to comment on the established views that Gallipoli tells not just the protagonists' but also Australia's  "coming of age" story, and/or that Gallipoli has been "internationally received as a statement on the irrationality of warfare" (Sutherland; see Introduction: Gallipoli handout)
9.  Gallipoli vs. Pan's Labyrinth and/or The 400 Blows: Compare/contrast significant similarities and/or significant differences between Gallipoli and one or both the previous films we've studied so far.

Part C: QUESTIONS/COMMENTSWhat questions or other comments do you have about the film?

See also Introduction: Gallipoli  (handout)

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