Someone Came LookingJuly 01, 2015

The events of "The Water Diviner" took place four years after the Gallipoli Campaign.

Joshua Connor, a farmer from the Northern Territory, and his wife, Eliza, have no idea if their three sons, Arthur, Edward, and Henry, died in the battle. Eliza committed suicide, as she was unable to cope with her grief. Joshua decided to leave everything behind and travelled to Istanbul. He was the only father looking for his sons.

The film, shown a few months before the 100th year anniversary of Anzac Day, was a hit. Joshua Connor had the ability to locate ground water. Some moviegoers might have wanted to see more of the farmer's talent, while others were baffled at how he managed to use it to find the remains of his sons in dead man's land. But Russell Crowe, who played Joshua, could be forgiven for leaning towards melodrama.

The lead star and director shown how the parents of perished soldiers deal with the tragedy. Those who haven't seen "Gallipoli" might be curious to look for a video copy (after watching “The Water Diviner”). Peter Weir's poignant scenes revealed how a young nation find its sense of statehood in the most unfortunate circumstances. The young men were far from their loved ones. They were unfamiliar with the peninsula, which would play a pivotal role in the Great War and the partition of the Ottoman Empire.

"The Water Diviner" marked the final film of cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, who succumbed from heart attack last April 27. He won an Academy Award (for Best Cinematography) for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2002). His shots of Istanbul evoked an ancient world, which was far from the sight of citizens chanting jingoistic slogans. The pristine land in Northern Australia was breathtaking.

The movie is also related to Legacy Week.

What becomes of the brokenhearted?

Legacy Week is for the families of men in uniform. They must deal with the loss, while struggling to make ends meet. The charity, which provides services to these soldiers, is the least we can do. After all, they pledge their lives to protect the country. We must show how we care.

You can take an active part in “Legacy Week”, which will be held from August 30 to September 5. You can also donate to this cause. This is not mandatory, but you may know a bereaved family. They are dependents of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Malayan Emergency, or the Vietnam War. Talk to them. Anything that will make them less forget about the past. If you have other suggestions, don't hesitate to tell anyone involved in this event.

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