Sunday, March 13, 2016

'Anzac Girls' a Visual Feast, Sparkling Story

Alice Ross-King talks VD to the Australian troops.
Just finished the final episode of the remarkable British mini-series "Anzac Girls" on ACORN TV (a premium channel that costs just $4.99 a month) and I want to recommend it for all of those who enjoy war stories, medical dramas, love stories, and tales based in truth. This one's a winner and it is waaaaaay too short.

The story--based on the diary of Alice Ross-King, the much honored nurse--involves a group of Australian and New Zealand army nurses who begin the series at the meatgrinder that was Gallipoli, a battle on the coast of Turkey where the Allies fed kids into killing gunfire like sausage. That battle was followed for the troops and nurses by duty in one of the most significant battles of the war--and one of the worst of any war--the Somme River Valley in France.

Through the mayhem, the young women maintain their dignity, fall in love, show extraordinary courage and learn medicine that would not be available to civilians. One of the cruel ironies of war is that technical advances are almost geometric. The women are faced with the same discrimination they saw as civilians, but accept it with dignity or challenge it when there is a possibility of winning.

I think the most captivating element in the series--for me--was the extraordinary look of the series. The cinematography was superb as were the sets. But nothing compares to the costuming. These nurses' clothing, based accurately, is simply eye-popping and the tailoring must have been done on Saville Row (or by somebody who knows that place well).

"Anzac Girls" is a visual feast, a wonderful story and a tale to remember. We are rewarded at the end of the series with photos of the women who actually lived it.

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