Film series set to begin
October 11, 2013
The film series Perspectives on War kicks off Oct. 17 with a viewing and discussion of the 1981 movie Gallipoli, an Australian film set during Great Britain’s campaign in Turkey during World War I.
The screening and discussion, led by Chris Strangeman, assistant professor of history at MacMurray College, will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in the basement meeting room of the Jacksonville Public Library, 201 W. College Ave. in Jacksonville.
Bringing a young Mel Gibson to prominence, Gallipoli is an absorbing movie, dealing with the themes of friendship, the loss of youth and the coming of age of the Australian nation during the First World War. With his Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and The Last Wave (1977), Gallipoli secured director Peter Weir as an integral part of Australian cinema and as a leading voice of the Australian “New Wave” of the 1970s and 1980s.
In coming months, Perspectives on War will present a film that looks at the human condition during the stress of war. Next month, Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace is the featured movie, with Dr. Eric Berg, associate professor of philosophy and religion at MacMurray leading the discussion.