25th April: A True Fiction by Dean Parker

What was? What could have been? The past is the past, but the 25th of April might have been remembered each year for very different reasons, if only...

A ‘mockumentary’ piece making use of commentary, reportage, re-enactment and poetry. The central character is Rufus Dewar, a young New Zealander who is sent to Gallipoli, is wounded, deserts the army, returns to New Zealand and becomes, for a brief period, a figurehead and rallying point for the growing protest movement advocating New Zealand’s withdrawal from WWI. 

New Zealand and Australian soldiers landing at Anzac Cove

Photo: New Zealand and Australian soliders landing at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. New Zealand Free Lance: Photographic prints and negatives. Ref: PAColl-5936-18. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

 

Dean Parker
Dean Parker is a successful New Zealand screenwriter and playwright. He has worked as a writer for much of his life and been prominent in his union, the New Zealand Writer's Guild.

Cast: CK Stead, Kim Hill, Marilyn Duckworth, David Grant, Nathan Meister, Nikki McDonnell, Tim Spite, Nick Dunbar, Tanea Heke, Duncan Smith, Adam Macaulay

Produced by Adam Macaulay and engineered by Phil Benge for RNZ