VCE English Texts
Breaker Morant (film)
Biography of Harry 'Breaker' Morant.
Brief biography about the real "Breaker Morant" from "Larrikin's
Lair", a database of Australian writers and their works, maintained
by Perry Middlemiss, a Melbourne based aficionado of Australian
poetry of Breaker Morant
From Larrikin's Lair, follow the links under Breaker Morant to read
some of his poetry.
and the law: Breaker Morant
Symposium article by Drew L. Kershen, Oklahoma City University Law
Review. This article analyzes the film Breaker Morant, the story
of the court-martial of three Australian officers. Professor Kershen
discusses the film as a beautiful anti-war statement.
Background and film review "Horseman gone by" by Leah
Morant - Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
Offers a selection of reviews of the film.
Morant: hero, scapegoat or rogue?
Flinders Ranges research site. Biographical information on the main
stories and anecdotes; the Bushfeldt Carbineers
Background military information on the Boer Wars.
Includes questions for analysis.
war for a new century
Critical review with some background information.
From the Anzac Digger History site. Historical background to the
war and biographical information on life and career of Harry Morant.
Includes cast and production details, awards and nominations, links
to interviews with Bruce Beresford and reviews.
Morant : Colonial Underdog Versus Imperial Overlord.
Mark Enders, Australian Screen Education 08-20-2002. Accessed via
Critical review of the film. Examines the underlying themes of the
film and the main characters.
for truth and justice
Resources Text Talk; Karen Ford
The Age (Melbourne) 04-02-2003.Accessed via Elibrary.
Review for students. "Breaker Morant highlights the ambiguous
nature of heroes and the complex morals of war."
by the Motherland: The politics of 'Breaker' Morant
Karen Ford, Australian Screen Education 05-29-2003
Accessed via ELibrary.
"'Breaker' Morant raises serious and pertinent questions about
the futility of war: the meaning of loyalty, the importance of mateship
and camaraderie and the underlying motives surrounding any military
or political conflict."
two dead horsemen, by Kenneth G. Ross
Insight; Sydney Morning Herald 02-26-2002
Accessed via ELibrary
On the 100th anniversary of Breaker Morant's death, Kenneth G. Ross,
who wrote the play that inspired the film, wants finally to get
a few facts straight
hero or murderer?
Resources - Text Talk; Avril Moore
The Age (Melbourne) 03-29-2004. Accessed via Elibrary
"The film about the trial of Australian soldiers for murder
during the Boer War has new relevance. Set in South Africa in 1901,
during the conflict between the British and the Boers, the film
is not only a study of the corruption of the authorities but it
also examines the culpability of soldiers who fail to question authority."