Mel Gibson’s newest film Hacksaw Ridge recently had its red carpet premiere at Sydney’s State Theatre, and will be hitting cinemas around the country on Thursday the 3rd of November. Clifford Wallace played an important role in providing convincing and skilled extras to populate the acclaimed war film’s many grisly battle scenes.
The Australian-American co-production stars Andrew Garfield as US Army medic Desmond T. Doss, the only person to have ever been awarded the Medal of Honor despite never having held a weapon. The anti-war tale of his unbending pacifism also stars Australia’s Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Richard Roxburgh and Sam Worthington, among others.
In true Gibson style, following the pattern of films like The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto, Hacksaw Ridge is all about authenticity. Clifford Wallace’s extras, alongside the rest of the cast were subjected to the rain and heat. Uncomfortable in their helmets that would extremely high temperatures, but surely nothing compared to what real soldiers went through.
On the red carpet, actors revealed that Mel Gibson was right there alongside them as they shot the most gruelling scenes, leading by example, but also allowing them the freedom to film scenes with their unfiltered, unrehearsed reactions.
We’re immensely proud to have been involved with a film directed by one of Australia’s film icons, and a film that will surely go down as one of the most renowned Australian film productions ever, subverting the usual bravado of war films in favour of more complex shades of morality.
A huge congratulations to everyone who worked on the film. We can’t wait to see it, and we wish best of luck to all the film’s personnel who have been nominated for a stunning 13 AACTA Awards.