Beneath Hill 60

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Beneath Hill 60


The extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward. It's 1916 and Woodward must tear himself from his new young love to go to the mud and carnage of the Western Front…

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.9/10 (2,315 voted)

Jeremy Sims

Stars: Brendan Cowell, Harrison Gilbertson, Steve Le Marquand

The extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward. It's 1916 and Woodward must tear himself from his new young love to go to the mud and carnage of the Western Front. Deep beneath the German lines. Woodward and his secret platoon of Australian tunnelers fight to defend a leaking, labyrinthine tunnel system packed with enough high explosives to change the course of the War.


Brendan Cowell

Oliver Woodward

Alan Dukes

Jim Sneddon

Alex Thompson

Walter Sneddon

Harrison Gilbertson

Frank Tiffin

Duncan Young

Tom Dwyer

Steve Le Marquand

Bill Fraser

Gyton Grantley

Norman Morris

Warwick Young

Percy Marsden

Mark Coles Smith

Billy Bacon

Martin Thomas

Ginger O'Donnell

Oliver Leimbach

Screaming Soldier

Anthony Hayes

William McBride

Leon Ford

Lt. Robert Clayton

Fletcher Illidge

Colin Waddell

Morgan Illidge

Gordon Waddell

After Gallipoli there was still a war to be won


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Release Date: 15 April 2010

Filming Locations: Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $9,000,000


Technical Specs


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The scene where Jim Sneddon is buried by his mates, the grave site, the soil from it, as well as the entire surrounding area, is completely dry despite the depiction of consistent drenching rain for days on end.

User Review

A tense thriller yet an accurate insight.

Rating: 8/10

'Beneath Hill 60' is a true story based on a front-line campaign in
Belgium in 1917. This is a war film unlike any other. Not at least that
it is about Australian soldiers in a predominately British campaign.
There were many others who fought in both World Wars, though you
wouldn't know it from most big budget war films we are used to seeing.

Oliver Woodward (Brendan Cowell) is a late inductee into the campaign
on the front who must prove himself to his fellow Aussies who have been
in the trenches for some time. It's literally hell on earth. But these
soldiers belong to a special unit. The tunnelers. Their job, to subvert
the enemy from beneath. They are soon sent to one of the great Fronts
of WW1 in Belgium, to an area known Hill 60 which is currently
dominated by the Germans. There is a plan in place, but can they pull
it off? It's claustrophobic. It's tense. There is constant shelling.
The guns shots come from nowhere. You can understand how many were
driven mad by it. (Shell shock).

This film works on so many levels. A brilliant taut script by David
Roach based on the actual diaries of Woodward who shows us that there
is more at stake here than gaining mere inches of ground. There is the
tenacity of man. The blunt simple-mindedness which is required to get
the job done, but which can also blind some men from the truth. War is
stupid. It's a game. And yet they are not merely soldiers but ordinary
people. We get an insight into their lives, predominately through
Woodward himself, which juxtaposes how horrific war is. We get an idea
of the German position too. Often they are faceless enemy's but here we
get a little insight into the men on the other side of the muddy walls.

It's a suspenseful film, directed with real flair and I'm surprised to
say, mastery of the medium, by actor Jeremy Sims, whose first film,
(Last Train to Freo), was rather an languid affair. Once again he works
within an tight budget, (like all Australian films, except for that
unmentionable one), but he puts you into the mud and the water and the
darkness underground. You'll by yearning for your shower, dry bed and a
cup of tea; privileges denied to most of these chaps for months at a

My only criticism is that Brendan Cowell looks too old for the part.
He' s supposed to be 25. I could have gone along with it if I'd been
told much earlier. But really he is Australia's best actor (Noise, Love
My Way) and plays Woodward to perfection.

The supporting cast is also first class. Steve Le Marquand shows his
depth and is totally believable. It's welcoming to see John Stanton
back. We don't see him enough in Australian film. He has a strong
presence and that amazing voice. He is an underused icon. I barely
recognized Jacqueline McKenzie, who looks ten years younger than she
is. She is always a pleasure to watch. Her on screen daughter played by
Bella Heathcote is a real talent too though Aden Young's brief odd
appearance seemed unconvincing. The tunnelers themselves, all work
together to bring a on-screen camaraderie and presence. Credit must go
to Sims and Roach for this collective working dynamic. Also noted are
the chillingly effective 5.1 sound effects and a classy score by
legendary composer Cezary Skubiszewski.

If you are from outside Australia, and don't like war films, it is
still effective as a thriller and even a love story. It's highly
recommended. For Australians, it's a must own DVD for every household.
Finally, an Australian film to be proud of. And an important one at