The Veteran is currently working with 'just the ticket' Productions which is owned by Ross Jennings, one of New Zealands foremost documentary producers, on a new documentary covering the events of 22 June 1968 which saw a nine man patrol from Victor 3 Company, 4 RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion take on 60-70 VC in a two hour battle that saw them inflict a comprehensive defeat on the enemy at a cost of one dead and four wounded.
One third of the patrol were decorated for their gallantry including Lieutenant Maurice Dodson MC (later Major General MF Dodson CBE, MC, Chief of Army); Lance Corporal David Ropeta (Ransfield) DCM and Sapper Wiki Kahika m.i.d. It was one of the most intense small unit actions of the Vietnam war involving ANZAC troops. We are bringing the seven surviving members of the patrol together to tell their story. The documentary will screen on ANZAC Day.
Yesterday at our first production meeting Ross J mentioned that earlier in the week he had been fortunate enough to preview the film 'The Kings Speech'. He said it was compelling viewing. The film focuses on the efforts of the Duke of York (later George V1) to cure his horrific stammer with the help of an Australian speech therapist (Lionel Logue) and covers the events leading up to the death of George V; the ascension of Edward V111 and the abdication crisis; George's coronation and concludes with the King's speech on the outbreak of WW2 which was generally considered to be a masterpiece.
'Mems' was of the same mind and, while the Veteran is not a great film buff, I agreed to her suggestion that we should take a trip over to Kerikeri to watch it.
I'm glad we went. It was compelling viewing in spades and compulsory for anyone with an interest in English history . I recommend it unreservedly (and that from me is a BIG call).
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