NZIFF announces explosive war film for 2019
New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has confirmed explosive war film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan for selected centres during the 2019 Festival.
Starring an outstanding Australian and New Zealand cast, Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan is directed by Kriv Stenders (Red Dog), from a script by Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and is inspired by true events during the Vietnam War.
The film follows Major Harry Smith (Travis Fimmel) as he leads a dispersed company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers as they fight for their lives, holding off an overwhelming enemy force of 2,500 battle hardened North Vietnamese soldiers. Finding strength in each other amid a furious battle, the film reveals the heroism, mateship and sacrifice made by Delta Company at the Battle of Long Tan, one of the most savage and decisive ANZAC engagements in Australian and New Zealand military history.
“It’s exciting to be able to show a war film of such intensity and attention to detail, and we’re especially proud to screen this film at NZIFF given the strong Kiwi connections to the events at Long Tan” says NZIFF programmer Michael McDonnell.
Honouring the unheralded bravery of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought in the battle of Long Tan, one of the most savage and decisive engagements in ANZAC history, director Kriv Stenders’ film is a war story of uncommon emotional intensity. Daunting combat scenes recall the against-the-odds bravado of Lone Survivor and Black Hawk Down, but it is the internal fight of the men outnumbered – and how they chose to define heroism in the moment – that resonates loudest of all.
Transmission have just released the highly-charged trailer here
NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences in 13 towns and cities around the country. The full NZIFF programme will be available from Tuesday 25 June for Auckland, and Friday 28 June for Wellington. NZIFF starts in Auckland on 18 July and in Wellington from 26 July in 2019.