The trailer has arrived for Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan, an upcoming war drama depicting one of the most savage battles in Australian military history.
From director Kriv Stenders, whose credits include Red Dog and Australia Day, the Aussie film tells the story of what unfolded in South Vietnam on August 18, 1966. 108 young Australian and New Zealand soldiers found themselves overwhelmed, facing two-and-a-half thousand Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers. 18 Australian soldiers lost their lives and at least 250 opposing soldiers were killed.
It’s a rousing trailer, with strong production values and a bigger-looking budget than most local films, plus a solid Aussie cast that includes Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Daniel Webber (The Punisher, The Dirt), Richard Roxburgh (Rake) and Luke Bracey (Point Break, Hacksaw Ridge), among many others. This brings to mind war films like the Mel Gibson-starring We Were Soldiers, which is among this writer’s fave war pics. Looking forward to it.
Danger Close: the Battle of Long Tan opens in Australian cinemas on August 8.
Official synopsis for Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan:
August 18, 1966. Late Afternoon. South Vietnam. 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. They’re holding off an overwhelming enemy force of 2,500 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. 18 Australians and at least 250 enemy were killed, with some estimations being over 500.
The Battle of Long Tan is one of the most savage and decisive engagements in Australian military history, earning both the United States and South Vietnamese Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry along with many individual awards. DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN is a nail biting and dramatic exploration of war illustrating heroism, tragedy and the sacrifice of battle.