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Beyond Kokoda

Discussion in 'War Against Japan' started by spidge, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    I viewed this presentation last night and found it to be quite emotional on both sides. I think the Australian War Memorial part of this documentary. (I missed a bit of the start and was interrupted during the credits)

    The photography, interviews and footage mix (real and staged) was really put together well.

    There was real footage of Australian aircraft dropping supplies from a level which looked no more than 20-30 feet off the ground as they did not use parachutes.

    I hope that it may be shown in the UK at some stage.

    YouTube - Beyond Kokoda History Channel Promo 3

    A quote from a Japanese veteran seemed to sum it all up:

    Quote:
    Java was Heaven, Burma was Hell and New Guinea was Death??
     
  2. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    That does indeed look very good. Hope it ends up on the HC here.
     
  3. andy007

    andy007 Senior Member

    I have to agree Spidge, I thought it was great programme, I felt the recostructed events were very well done. I prefer that style of programme with veterans over the ones that mix footage (often inaccurate) and breifly cover events.
     
  4. Herakles

    Herakles Senior Member

    The promo is tantalising. Footage I haven't seen.

    But do they really mean BEYOND Kokoda? Or the fight for the track itself?

    Because the fighting after the track was recovered was truly terrible. Places like Milne Bay and Sanananda etc.
     
  5. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    The promo is tantalising. Footage I haven't seen.

    But do they really mean BEYOND Kokoda? Or the fight for the track itself?

    Because the fighting after the track was recovered was truly terrible. Places like Milne Bay and Sanananda etc.

    I would say the "Beyond" is the veterans reliving the actual battle.
     
  6. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    A quote from a Japanese veteran seemed to sum it all up:

    Quote:
    Java was Heaven, Burma was Hell and New Guinea was Death??

    They replayed it again this afternoon and the actual quote from the Japanese veteran was:

    Java was Heaven, Burma was Hell and New Guinea is where nobody comes back alive
     
  7. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Another quote that was interesting (surprise - surprise) was that apart from the Japanese veteran community "Kokoda" has not been heard of in Japan.
     
  8. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

  9. I_am_the_stig

    I_am_the_stig Junior Member

    I thought you should know that I've put Beyond Kokoda on Youtube as our DVD deal fell through.

    Enjoy.

    Stig
    Producer
    Beyond Kokoda
     
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  11. I_am_the_stig

    I_am_the_stig Junior Member

    Thats it. Episode 1 - Parts 1 to 7 are up.

    Its going to take me a few days to get Episode 2 ready. I'll get it up as soon as possible.

    Cheers

    Stig
     
  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers, Keep us posted and I'll add Episode 2 when you've posted them all.

    Regards
    Andy
     
  13. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Going to check it out shortly,Thanks

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  14. I_am_the_stig

    I_am_the_stig Junior Member

    Episode 2 is up on youtube. That means the entire doco is up. Enjoy.

    Stig
     
  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  16. I_am_the_stig

    I_am_the_stig Junior Member

    The Australian War Memorial wants $35,000 for DVD rights on the world war 2 footage contained in the doco. We dont have that money so we cant proceed with the DVD. Its a pity as we have loads of material that probably wont see the light of day (56 interviews with veterans from both Japan and Australia).

    Anyway, enjoy Beyond Kokoda on Youtube while it lasts before I get some legal notice to take it down.

    Stig
     
  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Aren't there any Australian Millionaires prepared to stick a few bux into the charity tin for you or even government funding ?

    It's a shame because it really looks a cracking (I've still not watched it) documentary.

    Australia from what my brother keeps telling me (He lives in Sydney and Tasmania) and my father is one of the most patriotic countries in the world when it comes to looking after their Vets.

    Regards
    Andy
     
  18. coastwatcher42

    coastwatcher42 Junior Member

    I just finished watching Beyond Kokoda on YouTube and thought that it was excellent. The Kokoda campaign is little known here in the US and this documentary helped to fill in a lot of the gaps in my knowledge of it. Can anyone recommend any good books, especially Australian, about Kokoda?
     
  19. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    I would highly recommend 'A Bastard Of A Place' by Peter Brune, covers not just Kokoda but other parts of thr PNG campaign there are some others but that springs to mind.
     
  20. Pete Keane

    Pete Keane Senior Member

    Stig

    Just started watching episode 1 - excellent editing, its a real shame you cant get funding to pay for the rights / production etc.

    Regards

    Pete
     

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