People tell you one week that they liked Gallipoli, but the next they’re not so sure. Gone are the days of intuitive gut felt reaction – everyone wants to make sure their judgements are intellectually sound. They read every ‘expert’ on the subject and come back with another opinion. Reading the script gives you another variation. The skeleton is there, warts and all.
It is said that Penguin published this version of Gallipoli, which includes introductions by Peter Weir and Bill Gammage, plus two chapters from Bill Gammage’s book The Broken Years, and David Williamson’s script, because they were unhappy with Angus & Robertson’s novelisation of the film. Now it seems the time is ripe for another publication – Peter Weir and David Williamson in answer to their critics, fair and foul.