Chunuk Bair (film)

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Chunuk Bair
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Directed byDale G. Bradley
Produced byGrant Bradley
David Arnell
Grant Bradley
Written byGrant Hinden-Miller
Starring Robert Powell
Music byStephen Bell-Booth
CinematographyWarrick Attewell
Edited byPaul Sutorius
Release date
  • 1992 (1992)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryNew Zealand

Chunuk Bair is a 1992 New Zealand film based on the play Once on Chunuk Bair (1982) by Maurice Shadbolt.


Set in 1915, the film tells of the Wellington Regiment, part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force present at Gallipoli during World War I. On 8 August 1915, the Regiment took and held Chunuk Bair, one of the Turkish hills.

Chunuk Bair was produced by Daybreak Pictures in association with Avalon and the National Film Unit. It was released to roughly coincide with ANZAC Day, the national day of Remembrance in New Zealand and Australia.

The central characters are Frank South (Robert Powell) and Colonel William Connolly (Kevin Wilson) who have an differing opinions about the escapade. [1]



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