Duration: 118 minutes
This film is a moving tribute to the 108 extraordinary Australian (105) and New Zealand (3) soldiers, predominantly from Delta Company of Queensland’s 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) 1966, who fought in this historic battle. The Premiere will be attended by numerous Long Tan veterans, including former Company Commander Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith SG MC (retired), WO1 Robert Buick MM (retired), Major Geoff Kendall MG (retired) and Dr Bob Grandin PhD (Flight Lieutenant RAAF, retired), along with many dignitaries and celebrity guests.
For three and a half hours, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith and his dispersed company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming force of 2,000 battle hardened Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers. With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault, each man begins to search for the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour, decency and courage.
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan is releasing in Australian today. Produced by Red Dune Films and Deeper Water Films, with investment from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland, Screen Australia and Saboteur Media.