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Award-winning documentary filmmaker David Bradbury. Photo: www.abc.net.au
Award-winning documentary filmmaker David Bradbury. Photo: www.abc.net.au

Award-winning Byron shire documentary maker David Bradbury will premiere his latest film, War on Trial at the historic Brunswick Picture House tonight (Wednesday) from 6pm.

The celebrated and hard-hitting filmmaker (pictured) will take part in a Q&A about his new film which documents an anti-war protest action by two old-age pensioners during recent Australian-US military exercises in Queensland and the court battle which followed.

The screening will begin at 6pm with performances by the popular north coast all-male Russian singing choir Dustyesky, and iconic anti-war protest singer, Mookx.

A short film called ‘Quaker Grannies’ will precede the main feature.

In War on Trial, the two pensioners defied the government and risked 10 years in jail for their Ploughshare action during the exercises.

Bradbury said that after pedalling across the Rockhampton airport tarmac on a big red tricycle, Bryan Law, ‘in his signature ten-gallon hat and business suit, took a swing with a common garden mattock at an attack helicopter bound for Afghanistan’.

‘Seconds later, he was surrounded by military troops and security guards. War on Trial captures the lead-up, tensions and drama of the three day court battle that followed,’ he said.

‘This was not the action of a crazed man, but of an educated retired teacher… a seasoned peace activist, Bryan was well prepared for the trial, but fate intervened and he died on Easter Monday 2013 from a heart attack. However the story did not end there.’

Bradbury, who began his career in 1972 as an ABC radio journalist, won many international film festival prizes, five Australian Film Industry awards, and two Academy Award nominations.

war-on-trial-A4poster-WEB-ByronOne of Bradbury’s most popular and awarded films is Front Line, a portrait of Australian news cameraman Neil Davis in Vietnam.

Another celebrated one, Public Enemy Number One, followed the life of controversial Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett, the first western journalist into Hiroshima after the nuclear bomb was dropped.

Bradbury told Echonetdaily that War on Trial came about after lots of ‘hard work and passion’, and on a very tight budget.
He said it was ‘made on the smell of an oily rag, wing and a prayer since the ABC/SBS
are no longer funding these sort of challenging films to the main narrative that dominates our airwaves’.
The film was also relevant given the findings of the Chilcot report in the UK just released and the damning findings against former UK prime minister Tony Blair, US president George W Bush and Australian prime minister John Howard, who threw their countries into an illegal war based on manipulated intelligence.
‘John Howard tries to deny that he acted with Bush and Blair to slaughter countless hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Afghanis (now Syrians fleeing their country) at the behest of the American empire and cheap oil,’ Bradbury said.

Booking online available at http://www.brunswickpicturehouse.com

To view the trailer for War on Trial click here:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=32DcJ3IQ3BM. More details also on the Facebook: facebook.com/warontrial


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  1. Australian’s attitude toward the defense of our nation has been evolving since WW2. I am unsure where we are heading. The public sediment towards our alliance to the Americans is waning. Our Government leasing Darwin Port to the Chinese ensures no US navy will visit Darwin. Obama chide Turnbull “Let us know next time”. Donald Trump’s attitude to US’s alliances is also a reflection of many US citizens.

    I think we are the only first world nation not to have a strategic oil or refined fuel reserves. Also the degradation of the oil exploration industry has ensured refineries have no future and they are closing one by one. Australia will become dependent on Singapore for refined product. Thus our military will rely on the goodwill of the Malaysian, Indonesian and Middle East countries to keep our military mobile.

    Has our isolation from conflict generated a false sense of security?
    Maybe I a wrong – I hope so.


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