Breaker Morant

Breaker Morant

Directed by Bruce Beresford • 1980 • Australia

At the turn of the twentieth century, three Australian army lieutenants are court-martialed for alleged war crimes committed while fighting in South Africa. With no time to prepare, an Australian major, appointed as defense attorney, must prove that they were just following orders and are being made into political pawns by the British imperial command. Director Bruce Beresford garnered international acclaim for this riveting drama set during a dark period in his country's colonial history, and featuring passionate performances by Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown, and Jack Thompson; rugged cinematography by Donald McAlpine; and an Oscar-nominated script, based on true events.

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Breaker Morant
  • Breaker Morant

    Directed by Bruce Beresford • 1980 • Australia

    At the turn of the twentieth century, three Australian army lieutenants are court-martialed for alleged war crimes committed while fighting in South Africa. With no time to prepare, an Australian major, appointed as defense attorney, must prove th...

Extras

  • BREAKER MORANT Commentary

    Recorded in 2004, this audio commentary features director and coscreenwriter Bruce Beresford.

  • Bruce Beresford on BREAKER MORANT

    In this 2015 interview, BREAKER MORANT director and coscreenwriter Bruce Beresford recalls the production of this landmark Australian film.

  • Donald McAlpine on BREAKER MORANT

    In this 2015 interview with Donald McAlpine, the celebrated cinematographer recalls his pivotal early work in BREAKER MORANT.

  • Bryan Brown on BREAKER MORANT

    In the following 2015 interview, actor Bryan Brown talks about his international breakthrough performance as Lieutenant Peter Handcock in BREAKER MORANT.

  • Edward Woodward on BREAKER MORANT

    Actor Edward Woodward discusses playing Lieutenant Harry “Breaker” Morant in BREAKER MORANT in this 2004 interview.

  • The South African War

    This 2015 piece features historian Stephen Miller, author of “Volunteers on the Veld,” discussing the Second Boer War and, in particular, the conflict depicted in BREAKER MORANT.

  • The Breaker

    Made in 1973, this documentary by Frank Shields looks at the life of the Anglo-Australian army captain Harry “Breaker” Morant.

  • The Myth Exploded

    In this 2011 piece, THE BREAKER director Frank Shields discusses his film and its omission of a key detail about Harry “Breaker” Morant.