"There are little pictures in your mind, which you can't help taking, that you can never get rid of and then there are the things that you want to remember you can't.. and the things you want to forget, you can't. — Don't think there's any glory in war, because there's not. There are no winners, everybody is a looser." — Robert Kearney
We created a number of films to Commemorate the Centenary of the Great War Armistice for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Devised to provide a specific impact and visual narrative to the years of service and commitment by Australian men, women and families between 1914 and 1918.
From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner. When Britain declared war against Germany in August 1914, Australia, as a dominion of the British Empire, was automatically also at war.
The Armistice of 11 November 1918 ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War I. The terms included the cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of German forces to behind the Rhine, Allied occupation of the Rhineland and bridgeheads further east, the preservation of infrastructure, the surrender of aircraft, warships, and military materiel, the release of Allied prisoners of war and interned civilians, eventual reparations, no release of German prisoners and no relaxation of the naval blockade of Germany.
The effects of the war were also felt at home. Families and communities grieved for the loss of so many men, and women increasingly assumed the physical and financial burden of caring for families. When the war ended, thousands of ex–servicemen and servicewomen, many disabled with physical or emotional wounds, had to be re-integrated into a society keen to consign the war to the past and resume normal life.