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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published April 28th 2016
Hamish and Belinda's small idea has blossomed to a movie
Last year, 2015, was the 100th Anniversary of the ANZACs landing in Gallipoli. The school taught about WWI and Hamish Ford, then eight years old, was enthralled and saddened by what he learned.

Anzac Cove, Hustle and Bustle, Merri Ford, Linda Hewell Photography, Creative Media Services
The cast of Anzac Cove (Photograph by Linda Hewell of Linda Hewell Photography and Creative Media Services)


Hamish's mother is Merri Ford, owner of Hustle and Bustle Costumes and a premier costumier in Perth's theatre scene.

Hamish's brother Robbie (in officer's cap) often makes short movies and stop motion films. So it was no surprise when Hamish asked Merri for three WWI Army uniforms to make a little film. They asked the right person.

Anzac Cove, Hustle and Bustle, Merri Ford, Linda Hewell Photography, Creative Media Services
The cast of Anzac Cove (Photograph by Linda Hewell of Linda Hewell Photography and Creative Media Services)


Merri made a Digger's uniform and a scarlet and grey nurse's uniform. Maddy Connellan, friend and helper, suggested they attend the Remembrance Day service and the two were a big hit with veterans having their photos taken with the duo.

Merri agreed but then Hamish told his class mates, took a form for them to fill in and Merri was then told there were to be twelve children in the cast. After the shock had worn off and hearing the premise of his film Merri told him that if she was to put in that much effort with costumes then he had to match her with a well thought out script. He did.

Anzac Cove, Hustle and Bustle, Merri Ford, Linda Hewell Photography, Creative Media Services
The cast of Anzac Cove (Photograph by Linda Hewell of Linda Hewell Photography and Creative Media Services)


And now we have this great project - filming Anzac Cove with an entirely children's cast and adult crew of some of Perth's best talent. There will even be an original score.

Merri says; "This film is in no way an excuse for a "shoot-em-up" game or a glorification of war. Hamish has put a lot of thought into this and made a series of vignettes highlighting the hardships the soldiers faced in the trenches.

Anzac Cove, Hustle and Bustle, Merri Ford, Linda Hewell Photography, Creative Media Services
The cast of Anzac Cove (Photograph by Linda Hewell of Linda Hewell Photography and Creative Media Services)


It's exciting and terrifying to put this together but all of us are so very enthusiastic to see a great final product. The hardest thing to date is timing - getting both the cast and the crew in the one place at the one time. The children are children and, not being actors, it will be a mighty task to keep them all focused, hydrated and as "professional" as possible given that a lot haven't done anything like this."

They have, however, been rehearsing with every chance they have and are putting their whole hearts into this production. Given that there is not a lot of dialogue the acting will mostly be in the reactions and great cinematography.

Anzac Cove, Hustle and Bustle, Merri Ford, Linda Hewell Photography, Creative Media Services
The cast of Anzac Cove (Photograph by Linda Hewell of Linda Hewell Photography and Creative Media Services)


But even such a modest film as this has costs in addition to all the donated time and skills. Hamish , Belinda, Merri and crew need your help to raise the $2,900 required so that have opened it to Pozible crowd funding. If you would like to help this worthwhile project along with even $2 please click here.

If people worried that children are glorifying war Merri says 'I can assure them that this is not the case here and that this is as direct about the issues of war from 100 years ago as a child can be.'

Lest We Forget.

Anzac Cove, Hustle and Bustle, Merri Ford, Linda Hewell Photography, Creative Media Services
Remembrance Day 2016 (Photograph by Linda Hewell of Linda Hewell Photography and Creative Media Services)
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