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2.0 out of 5 stars "Frost" meets "Blackadder 4"...., 29 Mar. 2011
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I was steered toward this 'made for TV' film by a genealogist, who had found that my Grandfather was in the same regiment as these guys at Gallipoli in WW1. Having watched it,I would say that unless your Grandfather was in the same regiment as these guys at Gallipoli in WW1, there is absolutely no reason for you to watch it.
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Initial post: 10 Jul 2014 18:28:44 BDT
loveclose says:
No reason to watch it??

A drama solely for those who's Grandfather was in the same regiment??

Sorry - utter rubbish! Respect, yes, to all the grandfathers list, but you don't own a part of history. You make it, yes, but a drama such as this educates all of us. Not only that, but a drama portrayed as sensitively as this one should be watched by whoever wants to watch it.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2014 18:41:14 BDT
CH - W4 says:
Hey - it's a personal review.....calm down mate. My personal view is the 'film' was "utter rubbish", which is probably why it went straight to DVD. If you think that was sensitive portrayal - good luck. Troll on.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2014 21:26:23 BDT
loveclose says:
My last contribution to this thread...
My comments were not made in haste or anger, and as such I have no need to 'calm down'.

I take issue with your final comment re 'troll on'. I don't troll, and have no intention of doing so.

Your personal view that the film is 'utter rubbish' was not made clear in your original review. You claimed that having a relevant relative to the Gallipoli campaign would be the sole reason for wanting to watch this drama. Not only is that claim in itself utter rubbish, but extraordinarily arrogant and insults the intelligence of everyone else who watched the drama out of sheer interest.

There were sensitive portrayals within this drama. People can read other more careful and more balanced reviews of this drama to know what they are. I fully accept that some artistic license has been taken with regard to historical accuracy - Frank Beck is widely reported as being killed in action before the farmhouse massacre, for example. The overall picture and portrayal of Beck's character was extremely well achieved in my view and worthy of positive accreditation.

The drama went straight to DVD for two possible reasons - firstly it was well received by its television audience, and thence the BBC made it available as a DVD in response to its acclaim. Monetary gain on behalf of the BBC may be a second reason, but as the production was well done, I personally don't have an issue with that.

My only reason for further response is like anyone else who reads reviews here on Amazon, I look for balanced and careful reviews that remain true to whatever is being reviewed. I like to think that I accept other people's point of view if it differs from mine, particularly if the review shows some empathy and accuracy with the reviewed product.

Hence my final reply to your review for the benefit of others that may be interested. Your original review showed no empathy or accuracy, and made an incredible claim that it was of interest only to those who had a relative that fought in the Gallipoli campaign. On that view, I beg to disagree. Call this reply 'trolling' if you like, but your review was inaccurate with regard to the drama being discussed and as such, no help at all to anyone taking an interest.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2014 21:51:50 BDT
CH - W4 says:
Whatever. Opinions are purely that. You said my opinion was "utter rubbish" which is an insult. My opinion is still that the film was rubbish - yet you liked it. Good. Who cares. Write a better story and stop picking holes in other peoples' opinions. Leave others to draw their own conclusions. Troll on.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2014 21:25:13 BDT
Francesco says:
It did not go 'straight to DVD' - it was made for TV and went to DVD afterwards. Try getting your facts right before judging.
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