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Convictions (1994)


The documentary is a series of recollections by the Australian soldiers who served in the Korean War (1950-1953). Forty years after the war, the men talk frankly and with immense dignity about their experiences as young Australian soldiers. The interviews are intercut with re-enactments that underline the impact and brutality of war.

Curator’s notes

The quietly told stories of battle and imprisonment are poignant and truthfully told and the filmmaker has given the former soldiers the space to speak without hurried intercutting. The re-enacted segments are effective in their restrained use. The Korean War is an all but forgotten part of our history and this documentary serves to honour those brave Australians who fought in it. Director David Caesar had previously made documentaries and went on to direct dramas including Dirty Deeds, Mullet, Idiot Box and RAN.