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Cenotaph (1993)


The documentary looks at the effect of the First World War on the New South Wales country town of Hay. Seven women and 641 men went to the war from Hay. One hundred and three were killed and more than 200 wounded. The film follows fourteen men and seven women from Hay on a trip to revisit the Western Front in Europe after 70 years.

Curator’s notes

Cenotaph effectively and movingly looks at the true meaning of mateship – a concept that has almost spiritual significance to Australians. The film also reflects on the futility of war, but praises those who served and died for their country. Robert Reynolds has also produced Faces of War: the Battle Comes Home (1995), Empire (1995), The Golden Pig (1996) and War of Distance (1994).