Actor and director Russell Crowe wants us to talk about Gallipoli.
While promoting his directorial debut, The Water Diviner, Crowe appeared on Sunday Night to discuss the “mythology” surrounding Gallipoli.
“The thing that resounded with me when I read the script was the Turkish perspective,” he said. “I knew the number of Australian and New Zealand dead but I didn’t know the number of Turkish dead.”
The date of the Gallipoli landing is, of course, remembered as Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand. Pilgrimages to Gallipoli for Anzac Day services have been common since the 1980s, with thousands of tourists from Australia and New Zealand making the trip to Turkey every year. But Crowe thinks there’s something a little unsettling about the way we commemorate the occasion.
“You know, I think, after 100 years, it’s time to expand that mythology,” Crowe said. “And I think we should be mature enough as a nation to take into account the story that the other blokes have to tell. You know, because we did invade a sovereign nation that we’d never had an angry word with.
“And I think it’s time it should be said. For all the heroism you want to talk about, you know, for me, a fundamentally more important conversation is the waste of life and these things should, you know, we shouldn’t celebrate the parts of that mythology that shouldn’t be celebrated.”
What do you think? Do we need to change the way we celebrate the Gallipoli Campaign? Vote in the poll below or have you say in the comments.
UPDATE: This poll has closed, and the nays have it. 74.38 per cent of you don’t think we need to commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign any differently than we do at the moment. Just 12.96 per cent of you agreed with Rusty (sorry, Rusty), and the remaining 12.66 per cent of you said ‘It’s complicated’.