War at Gallipoli Re-activated
Peter Jackson and Wellington special effects edge-busters Weta Digital have used their expertise to restore the only film taken of the Anzacs at Gallipoli. The Lord of the Rings director has restored the film to the original condition when it first screened in London in 1916. Although priceless, the print of the film preserved at the Australian War Memorial was in poor condition, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Among the scenes, the grainy, wobbling cinematic footage shows a line of soldiers engaged in a vigorous trench fire-fight with Turkish enemy perhaps not more than 1m away. The film was shot by Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, an English war correspondent, in July 1915. It shows British troops at Suvla and Cape Helles, the Australians at Anzac Cove, Turkish bombardments and troops embarking at Imbros Island.