DVD Review: Gallipoli From Above
Gallipoli From Above is a one hour documentary that attempts to re-write history, telling the truth of the Australian landings. Apparently there are many myths that need to re overturned, such as that the Australians landed at dawn, on the wrong beach, with little knowledge of the Turkish defenses. These myths however are so far from the truth, that Hugh Dolan wants the tell the world that history is wrong, and that the Aussies were better military planners than that British. Not that that would be hard.
According to Dolan’s compelling evidence, the Australians used aerial intelligence and innovative tactics to land 20,000 troops on a heavily defended and precipitous shoreline. By using ariel recon, they were able to gather detailed information on the Turkish defenders and developed a plan that would reduce casualties significantly.
Tactics that initially worked, but ultimately as history has correctly shown, the campaign was a failure.
The documentary itself is interesting enough, it follows through on what it promises, and would be an essential addition to any ANZAC themed DVD collection. Filmed on location and with actual footage interspliced with dramatic re-enactment the DVD is let down by Dolan himself who just doesn’t have the screen presence to make you passionate about what he’s uncovering.
Ultimately Gallipoli From Above is interesting, but sadly due to Dolan, forgettable.
PG Adult themes.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read