BENEATH HILL 60 is an Australian War Movie set underneath the trenches of World War I. This never-before told Australian story is set in 1916 – where Queensland miner Oliver Woodward, under-trained and having never faced hostile fire before, finds himself on the Western Front, the bloodiest battlefield in history.
His new fiancée, 17 year old Marjorie, had pleaded with him not to enlist. She had only just discovered love and couldn’t believe that it could be taken from her. But men with Woodward’s underground skills are desperately needed to counter a deadly German offensive.
Young German coal miners, Ernst Wagner and Karl Babek have also been thrust into the war. They have been brought, along with thousands of other men and boys, from the mining villages in Bavaria.
The soldier-miners from both sides drive their narrow tunnels under no man’s land. Attempting to out-manoeuvre and undermine each other they create a great labyrinth of tunnels. It’s a silent and savage war where one tiny sound can turn a man from hunter to hunted, where skilled listeners are more sought after than fighters.
And after two years of claustrophobia and bloodshed, of triumph and heartbreak, it all comes down to a single moment. As infantrymen quietly fix bayonets in the darkness, Oliver Woodward crouches in a muddy bunker preparing to press a detonator that could change the course of the war….
Why am I telling you about this film?
Well production is to start in July, 2009 sometime in Townsville and the first part of the movie will be based in PNG. You see Oliver Woodward was running a mining operation up here in Port Moresby before he was called out to the war.
So the production team have been looking around Townsville to find ‘Papuans’ who can play some roles in the film. Below is a real photograph of what Oliver Woodwards Laloki residence looked like.
The production team have already secured their lead man Brendan Cowell and now they’re on the hunt for the other cast.
The film is being Produced by Bill Leimbach and will be directed by Jeremy Sims.
I can see Townsville lighting up with this production and it’ll definitely be a boost to their little town economy. As always its a shame that our security and cost issues make it somewhat prohibitive to shoot actual location shots in PNG. But maybe sometime soon we’ll see some brave production team take on this challenge.
So anyways, if you’re a ‘Papuan’ in Townsville, or anyone that looks like a ‘Papuan’ and is interested in acting, get in touch with the production team to see if you can get a part. Check them out at their official website or see them below:
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