ASPI Film Screening 'Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan'
ASPI is delighted to invite you to a special screening of Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan to support the important work of Soldier On Australia.
A ticket includes canapes and a drink on arrival, movie ticket, and a choice of popcorn or choc top for the film. The full ticket price will be donated directly to Soldier On Australia.
'Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan is an excellent Australian combat film centred on our army’s most famous and most costly encounter of the Vietnam War, with 18 Australians dead. The film’s director, Kriv Stenders (Red Dog), stays close to the real history of the battle, which occurred in mid-August 1966 in a rubber plantation beyond the Australian (and New Zealand) base at Nui Dat in South Vietnam. Delta Company is searching for Viet Cong mortars which have brought the Australian base under fire. Led by Major Harry Smith, convincingly played by Travis Fimmel, the company collides with a battalion of Viet Cong and a skirmish quickly develops into a battle for survival. Veronika Jenet’s seamless editing delivers a battle film at the closest of quarters: this is an existential fight in which both sides display exemplary discipline and astonishing courage. Richard Roxburgh delivers a compelling performance as the brigade commander, weighing up the threats to his troops as US airpower proves ineffective and Delta Company is sustained only by a superb artillery performance by the New Zealanders and courageous support from Royal Australian Air Force helicopters.' writes Stephen Loosley for The Strategist.