Follow the progress of the upcoming Epic Australia WWI Feature Film, Beneath Hill 60 as it goes overseas and onto DVD. From the Development, Pre Production to the Shoot and Post Production up to it's release in the Cinemas and now on DVD and BLU RAY, from Paramount, from August 19, 2010.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Our final cut of the Beneath Hill 60 was locked off today! 

Now our editor, Dany Cooper and our First Assistant Editor, Luke Byrne  will hand the cut over to the Sound and Visual Effects Departments of Post Production for the final mix, grading, music and visual effects that will bring all the elements of the film vividly to life.

David has re-written this new synopsis to match the final plot:

1916. Two massive armies facing each other along the Western Front have fought themselves to a standstill. The count down to the Battle of Messines Ridge has begun. The allies' audacious plan to break the deadlock depends on a small company of Australian miners led by Captain Oliver Woodward.

These ordinary men from mining towns across Australia were given just two weeks military training before being thrust into the war. Poorly equipped, with scant regard for military etiquette, the miners' task is to defend a leaking, labyrinthine tunnel system snaking beneath the Messines Ridge. The tunnels hide a deadly secret; a series of massive mines. If the plan succeeds it will produce the biggest explosions the world has ever known and could change the course of the war.
But no one seems to know when the order will be given to blow the mines. With constant inundation of mud and water and endless vibrations from heavy artillery, the tunnels are in imminent danger of collapse. Disaster looms as the Germans discover the Australians' underground activity. A deadly cat-and-mouse game is played out thirty metres below the fields of Flanders and, as zero hour approaches, the whole allied strategy could be in jeopardy.

Beneath Hill 60, based on an extraordinary true story.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Random House: The Book of the Film by Will Davies

Random House publishers will be launching the book of the film early in 2010, written by Will Davies (author of 'Somme Mud' and 'In The Footsteps of Private Lynch'). Here is the first promo material:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Post Production

So we've said our fond farewells to the city of Townsville. We've filled in the trenches and dismantled the set and packed up the costumes.
Now, if you came across an empty field on Shane Poole's Kelso property, you'd never suspect it was once excavated into a trench system so large it could be seen from outer space! Luckily, Google Earth captured the moment...

Image from Google Earth

Post Production is going full steam ahead at Cutting Edge Post in the Fox Studios Entertainment Quarter. It's very exciting hearing the screams and explosions through the wall of the editing suite where Dany Cooper our Editor and Luke Byrne, First Assistant Editor, are cutting the film.

Our very talented Editor, Dany Cooper

These two are working tirelessly and Dany is deliberating closely with Jeremy Sims - who often seems to disappear into the dark edit suite for days at a time.

Our Post Production office is a few doors down the corridor in Cutting Edge. Sadly most of our Production team have moved on to new projects. We said our goodbyes were to Michelle Russell our Line Producer, Kelly Vincent our Production Coordinator, Katrina Lubans our Production Secretary, Lucy Vorst our Film Accountant, and Sandy Stevens our Production Manager - who is now working on a Bollywood film being shot in Sydney. (Couldn't get much further from a WWI drama!)

These ladies have had a huge job of settling all accounts and signing off and filing away any loose ends of Production, before packing everything up ready for Post.

Saying our goodbyes to Sandy (far left) and Lucy (2nd left). 
Colleen Clarke (far right) and Producer's Assistant Georgie Scott (2nd right) are staying on through Post.

Some new crew members have come on board to guide the project through the final hurdles in Post Production and ensure the film meets all delivery requirements and doesn't exceed the Budget. We are now in the capable hands of Colleen Clarke our Post Production Supervisor, from a company called Post and Deliver. She has a similar task to what our Production Manager, Sandy had during Production.

Another very important role is that of Visual Effects Supervisor. Ron Roberts makes sure the film is as visually precise (and exciting) as possible, using CGI (Computer Graphic Imaging) and other techniques. He deliberates closely with Luke, who provides Ron with a list of each scene that needs Visual Effect enhancement. For example, due to continuity reasons, the addition or enhancement of smoke and rain effects may need to be added to a shot, or a shot may need to be resized or blurred. On the odd occasion, something may need to be painted out of the picture - for example a glimpse of red underwear on a WWI soldier...

Ron also has the fun job of creating and enhancing explosions and flares, which were originally created by the Special Effects team during the Shoot.

And of course, the 'Big Bang'...

We are getting the film ready for test screenings. Audience members are selected to represent a range of ages, likes and dislikes,  genders etc to complete a questionnaire about the film. This gives the Director new insights into scenes that work particularly well, or those that are superfluous. Not only are we on a tight Budget and deadline, but also the running time can't be too long!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Armistice! - Production in Townsville is finished for Beneath Hill 60.

We have now sadly finished Production of Beneath Hill 60 in Townsville - after 40 days and 40 nights of shooting in the mud, in the dark, in the heat, in the wet, in the moonlight, in the tunnels and in the trenches.

Our Art and Construction Departments had the tough job of deconstructing the set, filling in the trenches, bunkers and shell holes out at Shane and Kylie Poole's Kelso property, as well as  dismantling the tunnel system and packing away the props. 

Seems like only yesterday we were standing on this exact spot, marking out the land with spray paint ready to beginning excavating the trenches. Here is Shane Poole (owner of the property) with Art Director, Sam Hobbs, out at Kelso, now all cleared out and filled in.  It's hard to believe it was a war zone only a week ago!   Gavin Markwell supplied the Excavator that was firstly used to dig the trenches and lastly to fill them in again.

Soon our labyrinth of tunnels will be all packed away and the shed on Brad Webb Drive will be empty again....

As for the left over explosives, why not have a bit of fun and let them off for an impressive atmosphere out in No Man's Land, strategically timed to coincide with a visit from Ray Martin and the 60 Minutes team for their story - at a safe distance of course! Ray looked very heroic marching across the battlefield with explosives erupting behind him and smoke trailing across his path. It's certain to be a fantastic piece which will be screened on Channel 9 in a few months. Here's Ray with Gyton Grantley after their terrific interview.

Everyone has been packing away their equipment - the lighting rigs, the moonbox, the cables, the cameras, the scrims, the Unit trucks, the Special Effects gear, the Sound Equipment, the Costumes, the Makeup truck, the props - slowly and carefully as everything is covered in a fine bulldust. The cars and trucks all had to be given more than one hose down and everyone's boots are well and truly caked in mud. There was a lot of cleaning and washing to be done!

One thing's for certain - everyone's going to miss Cookie and Louise's delicious catered lunches everyday!

Everyone was sad to leave Townsville, the friendly and hospitable locals, the perfect weather and saying goodbye to newly made friends from within the Beneath Hill 60 family. 

And so this was the 'Armistice' of Beneath Hill 60 in Townsville, celebrated with a Wrap Party at Greg Rains' Exchange Hotel. A wonderful time was had as cast and crew got together one last time for some food and beers, dancing and music and to say goodbyes to comrades from the 'Western Front'.

Armistice celebrations on the Western Front in 1918 - their brass marching band sounded a little different to the music at our Wrap Party...

... performed by Alien 8 (below) - these guys got everyone up and dancing and tapping their feet!

But it doesn't stop here...

We are now embarking on 15 weeks of Post Production, during which our editor, Dany Cooper, and a fantastic team of editors, graders, Sound mixers, Visual Effects supervisors at Cutting Edge Post in Sydney will turn the rushes of Production into the finished product: a 100 minute feature film.

Caroline Baum talks to Gillian Huxley, Australia’s only female Best Boy.

Gillian setting up a scrim with Gaffer, Miles Jones.

It’s taken me weeks to speak to Gillian Huxley. She’s always on the move around the set with too much of a sense of purpose to be interrupted.  Her flicking long black plait and formidable tool belt all add to a slightly intimidating  ‘don’t get in my way, I’m busy’ attitude. When she’s still, you can’t help but notice her ramrod straight posture and the fact that her feet are always in what ballerinas recognise as first position.  Her journey to the film set is unconventional, to put it mildly.

The daughter of an Australian jackaroo and a Chinese nurse who emigrated from Beijing, Gillian has her father’s nomadic spirit and work ethic. Harbouring dreams of becoming a dancer, she found herself accepted into class at the prestigious UK Royal Ballet School in London, despite her considerable height (She’s nearly 6 ft tall.) When  a career as a ballerina did not materialise, Gillian formulated Plan B for how to work in the theatre, though she took a roundabout way, switching from the feminine world of the tutu to the other extreme. 

In order to get work as a rigger in the theatre, at 23, she went to work on an oil rig in Bass Strait to build up her experience and her hours. There were three women in the crew with forty men. Gillian’s job saw her high up on a platform above the sea, pulling hoses out as part of an operation to remove drills from the seabed.  ‘It gave me the tenacity you need to see a job through to completion’ she says. 

‘In ballet,  the endpoint is perfection, which is unattainable and ultimately futile, so the oil rig was curiously satisfying. I’m pretty fearless by nature, so I didn’t find the height or the conditions scary.’

Once she had her qualifications as a rigger, Gillian moved into the world of theatre and rock and roll tours, becoming part of the crew for everyone from Andre Rieu to Michael Jackson on his History tour (‘He had bouncers the size of heavy oak doors’) and Robbie Williams, a personal favourite ‘ because he came downstairs and shouted us all drinks at his hotel one night’.

From stage shows to film was just one easy step. Her first film was Mission Impossible 2 in Sydney and she was soon established as the only female Best Boy in the country, working on Moulin Rouge and Wolverine  and fulfilling a personal ambition to work at the UK’s hallowed Pinewood Studios on one of the Star Wars movies.

Her favourite  experience on BH60 has been rigging the so-called Moonbox, creating the moonlight effect  by which many of the night time trench sequences were shot. ‘Eighty feet up in that cage of light,  you get so elated by the view, you are the eye in the sky.’

And the most indispensable item in that tool belt ?  ‘My Leatherman ‘ she says, without hesitation, ‘although I call it my Leatherwoman.’

Sporting a tattoo of a gecko on her leg, Gillian explains him as her climbing companion and talisman. Even when she’s relaxing, it’s with a sense of risk and height. She’s currently taking flying lessons, having mastered skydiving. Rock climbing is another pursuit. ‘Being in control of where you are heading matters to me. I like fighting gravity.’ The feminine side of her nature is apparent below the surface. ‘My toenails are always painted and my underwear always matches, that’s all you need to know!’

Gillian's gecko tattoo

After Hill 60, Gillian’s projects include work on another independent film, The Tree, in Queensland before building an eighty foot Christmas tree at Darling Harbour.  Next year, her plans are to crack the Chinese film industry as a fluent Mandarin speaker, while working on World Expo in Shanghai. Crouching tigers,  hidden dragons, watch out.

Friday, September 11, 2009

CREW PROFILE: Caroline Baum talks to Head of Makeup, Shane Thomas

There’s a reason that Shane and his team are known on set as The Beauty Department.

They always look good. Since the shoot has turned from the early civilian family and love scenes to the tunnels and trenches, everyone who goes into the make up truck comes out covered in mud and blood. But Shane and his team? Not a hair out of place.

Blessed with curls a Renaissance angel would envy, Shane fell in love with the movies as a kid. Growing up, his heroes were the Star Wars characters and The Wizard of Oz. ‘I also love Esther Wlliams movies’ he says.

After graduating from make up school in Sydney he got a lucky break into the business when he was taken on by seasonned make up artist Les van der Wal to work on Babe 2- an epic  shoot that lasted twelve months. ‘Because it was so long it was like an extra  year’s course, I learned so much’ says Shane, remembering that one of his jobs was ‘ to put wiglets on piglets. We had to glue these hand-

tufted hair pieces on to baby pigs while they were being bottle fed.’ 

Shane graduated from animals to children on Peter Pan - another unusually long shoot that lasted eleven months. ‘The huge luxury on that film was that we had a full time wig-maker on the team. She was old-school, London-trained and taught me how to set wigs. You wet them and then you bake them in the oven, which is great for period dos and finger waves.’

Working on Star Wars-  Revenge of the Syth was a career highlight,  given his childhood love of the characters. ‘It was pretty awesome to find myself turning Anakin into Darth Vader! We didn’t use any prosthetics for that transformation, just a lot of  subtle work on the eyes, shading them  as he crossed over to the dark side.’

Hill 60  is Shane’s first experience of a war movie. ‘There are two sorts of mud in the film: the blue clay type which the Germans dug through and the brown that the Australians dig.  We have to match the facial mud to the mud on the ground for the Aussies, but I like the blue stuff because it looks good when you add the contrast of blood from cuts and wounds.’

Like all make up artists, Shane has preferred  products but they are not the ones  in a traditional beauty kit. He uses a favourite brand of blood he imports from the UK. ‘ It’s from a company called Animated Extras and they offer different textures and colours’ he says, with the enthusiasm of a vampire. ‘I like it because it does not stain skin, hair or clothes and that’s really important from a practical point of view when you are having to do a quick touch up.’ He imports his wounds from a US company called Watermelon. ‘It’s latex painted into moulds   and it is particularly  skin friendly and effective,’ says Shane, who has to keep up with ever-changing techniques and technologies from suppliers as well as increasingly varied demands from directors.

Hill 60 has been challenging because the budget is tight  but the  film requires everything

 from the fresh faced beauty of a young girl to slit throats and stomach wounds that require pump rigs. Then there’s the fact that we are working under very difficult conditions, squeezing in and out of very tight, unfriendly spaces to get to the actors . There’s just no room for all of us to be doing touch ups in the tunnels at the same time so that’s an added pressure. We’ve had to become like a rapid response team, and work in quite an organic way’ says Shane, who starts a new job on the adaptation of John Marsden’s children’s classic Tomorrow When The War Began just one day after  wrapping Hill 60.

He’s in demand as much for his manner as his technique. The make up artist sees actors first thing in the morning, no matter what state they are in. Sometimes the truck is a confessional, sometimes it’s a therapist’s couch ‘In this job, you really have to love actors, make them feel safe and that you are there to help them on their journey. I often ask them how they want the atmosphere to be, whether they’d like music or not, to make them as comfortable as possible. Sometimes I am the last person they see before the camera rolls and I need  them to feel they can trust me completely.’ says Shane.

Asked who he’d most like to make up he replies Angelica Huston, Jake Gyllenhal (‘ he’s hot’) , Philip 

Seymour Hoffman and George Clooney.

And his favourite beauty product that everyone should have? 

Nothing fancy, not a luxury brand name. Just a jar of Paw Paw Ointment. 

Photo by Wendy McDougall

Thursday, September 10, 2009

CREW PROFILE: Caroline Baum talks to Health and Safety Officer, Laurence Pettinari

Health and Safety Officer, Laurence Pettinari at the hazardous trenches at Kelso, dressed in his staple khakis.

Photo by Wendy McDougall.

From day one of the shoot, I noticed a man in camouflage fatigues who seemed to be everywhere, always watching, watching. Sometimes he’d come up behind a member of the crew and gently move them to one side, out of the shade of a palm tree.

I soon discovered that Laurence Pettinari’s job is to keep everyone on the cast and crew safe from everything from falling coconuts to explosives. He has to anticipate every danger, make a detailed report of every scene in terms of risk assessment and then make sure that the worst case scenario never happens.  On Hill 60  explosives, weapons, trenches, low roofed tunnels, horses, rats, electric cables, candles, mud and water all present particular challenges, to name but a few.   

One of Laurence’s early reports out at the homestead where the scenes involving the Waddell family were shot warned of the dangers of standing under palms ‘unless they have been de-nutted’. Sounds painful. ‘I’ve seen it happen to people on holidays,’ says Pettinari, who has been a Health and Safety Officer for ten years and has learned to interpret even the most benign details as potential risks. 

‘When we were scouting locations for Eucalyptus (the aborted Australian adaptation of Murray Bail’s novel) one of the dangers we had to note was the risk of falling branches in high wind. They are not called widow makers for nothing.’

‘Luckily, we’ve had no close shaves on this set apart from one incident with an untrained horse which panicked when blinkers were put on it. No one was injured, though the horse  gave everyone a bit of a fright.’

He describes the Kelso trench location as ‘tough and dangerous but at least it was contained. Everyone had headlamps or personal torches so they could see where they were going during  night shoots. Explosions are always a worry, no matter how much testing you do,’ says Laurence, who briefly considered a career in the military before discovering that he could enjoy the thrill of combat without the fatalities, in the film world.  

In the studio where the tunnel sequences are being shot ‘dehydration is an issue as the days get warmer now’ says Laurence who experienced intense forty degree-plus heat shooting out in the desert near Winton in Queensland on the road movie Gone. ‘We had cool rooms set up and I got everyone tuned in to drinking miso soup and tea as part of the strategy for  maintaining body temperature. You take a leaf from other cultures like the Japanese and the Indians when it comes to extreme conditions.’

A tidy Virgo (his description) Laurence lives on the Gold Coast. So far, his career highlight was spending six months in Port Douglas working on The Thin Red Line (‘Five day weeks- bliss’ he says, referring to Hill 60’s more arduous six day week schedule).  Another highlight was working  on Matrix 2 and 3. ‘Those were huge units with lots of rigging and flying so  very challenging in terms of stunts. But with 1500 people involved, you just can’t hold everyone’s hand,’ says Laurence, before lugging a fire extinguisher on to the set.

When he’s not watching over other people’s safety, Laurence relaxes riding motorbikes and submitting to the ‘controlled pain of Japanese style contemporary tattooing.’ 

CREW PROFILE: Caroline Baum talks to Unit Manager, Kim Gladman

Unit Manager, Kim Gladman, with her Dad, Graeme "Snowy" Bostock, our on-set security guard.
Photo by Wendy McDougall

At the end of the first week of the shoot, my husband (screenwriter and co producer David Roach) came home clearly very impressed with the remarkably competent women on the set.

‘What am I, chopped liver?” I thought to myself.

Just exactly what kind of competency did these women have?

‘Oh you know, they fix generators, they climb rigging, they drive trucks,’ he said with undisguised admiration.

So I decided to go and check them out.

And sure enough, they are Hill 60’s Secret Weapon.  

Leader of the pack is unit manager  KIM  GLADMAN , aptly named  because she is always cheerful, no matter how tough the conditions. A self-confessed nurturer whom others call Earth Mother, you‘ll see Kim sweeping floors in punishing heat, happily cleaning toilets in a dusty paddock, doing anything that needs doing around the place to keep it ticking over smoothly. She is the only female unit manager in Australia and while her work uniform is  shorts, boots, and a number 55  Rough Rider Akubra she replaces every year, she wears a different pear of earrings every day ‘as my one concession to being feminine.’  

Her most important  equipment  on set is the coffee machine on the back of one of her trucks. ‘That is top priority’ she confirms. ‘Without that, the shoot would grind (forgive the pun) to a halt. She gets her coffee from a company in Albany called The Naked Bean and makes a mean latte.

Kim started in the film business twenty years ago as a driver, having grown up on the family gold and sapphire mine near Cooktown. (Her father, Graeme ‘Snowy’ Bostock, is  Hill 60’s  on set security guard.)  Growing up around machinery from an early age, it was inevitable that she would  end up driving trucks. ‘The mining industry likes hiring women  because we are  generally gentler on the gear, there’s less wear and tear,' says Kim who enjoys a bit of bush mechanic tinkering with engines.

In 1993  a film called The Penal Colony, starring Ray Liotta,  came to the Atherton Tablelands. The production company used skips  hired from Kim’s father’s business. ‘I had to empty out the rubbish’ says Kim ‘and when the unit manager, Tic Carroll, needed a driver for one of the trucks back to Sydney, he asked me and gave me  my break into the business.’

Now Kim’s company, Ironbark Holdings, owns  8 trucks that she and her husband Ron built together, including Hill 60’s make up and wardrobe trucks. 

Kim’s biggest gig so far was working on Baz Luhrmann’s Australia.  “I was second in command on that, with  forty five trucks at base camp. I ran the set  in Bowen, then Darwin, then Cunnunnurra and I had to provide shade, water and toilets for everyone. It was massive. I love the  big productions like Mission Impossible 2 and  Wolverine,’ says Kim who loves logistics and  admits that at home she is a fierce list maker and neat freak,  which can’t be easy as  the mother of four children under the age of thirteen (two of whom accompanied  her to Albany for the recent shoot of Tim Winton’sLochie Leonard, where they were extras).

Fool’s Gold, a romantic caper starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey presented special challenges.‘ We were on water virtually the whole time for a fifteen week shoot. We slept on cruise ships off Lizard island and had barges of food, and had to freeze all our rubbish and take it off site.’

Phil Noyce’s The Quiet American was the only time when she’s cried on set

‘ because  suddenly I could not communicate with my crew, who were all Vietnamese and it was terribly frustrating, as we did not have enough interpreters.’ she says.

And the film she wishes she’d worked on ? ‘Braveheart!’ Kim says, without hesitation.

‘I’d like to work with Mel just once, so I am holding out for Mad Max Four!’


As if  all this were not enough, Kim has a hydroponic lettuce business and a barramundi farm above Port Douglas,  where she and her family live on one hundred and fifty acres. To relax, she loves taking the children camping   at Lake Tinaroo. ’ We catch yabbies and cook in camp ovens. I love teaching the kids that stuff, it’s the nurturer in me coming out again,’ says Kim, who is looking forward to going home for a few months when Hill 60 wraps. ‘I never know what the next job is  until the phone rings’ says Kim, before being summoned to go and check out a power problem. Before I know it, she’s  round the back of a truck, checking  cables and the generator. All is right again within minutes. 

Competent. It’s the understatement of the year.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

CREW PROFILE: Caroline Baum talks to Stand-by Props, Adrienne "Ado" Ogle

You don’t want to get in ‘Ado’ Ogle’s way on set. As the eyes and ears of the art department on set, she moves  around  with a sense of urgency that never slips  into panic. Her job is to anticipate every  item that the director will want to see in shot and to make sure it is ready- from a shovel to a gun to the nightmarish  challenge of  making sure the hundreds of specially made double-wick candles used to light tunnel scenes are all matched up from shot to shot. ‘I can’t tell you relieved  I am when we are using electricity!’ she says with feeling.

With ten years as a horticulturist and sales rep for a nursery, Ado  had a truck licence which came in handy as a way into the film business: she started out driving  unit  vehicles in 1997. ‘My first film as stand by props was a low budget Australian film called Angst. It was aptly named  because I was a nervous wreck on it!’ 

‘My job  means I am the front runner for ten or eleven  departments,  who can all be saying or wanting different things at the one time. You have to be able to cope with a lot of pressure and be obsessively organised and one step ahead, in all situations.’  Which is not so very different from the world of the military. She regards the atmosphere and 

team spirit of the Beneath Hill 60 shoot as unique. ‘People have offered to help each other in ways you don’t often see on other shoots, perhaps because we’ve all been stuck in the same hell-hole conditions in the trenches and the tunnels.  There’s a very special bond  with this mob. I’ve never come across anything quite like it. We’ve all endured the mud together, and the awful claustrophobia of the tunnels, the rats, and we all know it’s nothing compared to what the real soldiers  had to deal with.’

Her personal career highlight was another military project, the mega US TV mini series Pacific, shot around Port Douglas and to be screened next year. ‘There are not many women who do this job, maybe four in the country. I had a team of five blokes working under me, carpenters, painters... but also scenes involving five hundred men running across an

 airfield , lots of testosterone and aggression and a US military advisor who  treated me a bit like a nobody until I acquired the confidence and authority to step up to him and say ‘Look Captain, this is how it is.’ That was a real turning point for me. This is a job where you are continuously having to prove yourself and earn respect every day.’

Not surprisingly, Ado admits to finding it hard to relax at the end of a day of being keyed up on high alert. ‘It’s hard to wind down. I have a beer and shower, but on these night shoots, you never really sleep properly when you get home at six a.m. I love swimming and surfing, but there’s no surf up here and no time anyway.’ says Ado, who was captain of the crew team at a recent cast versus crew cricket match but was forced to retire early with a recurrent hamstring injury that  occurred on set in the second week of the shoot.

She’s loving the Townsville climate. ‘I prefer to work in the warm, although I am a snow and ski freak. My next job  has me up here till Xmas, working  on the Sea Patrol TV series at Mission Beach and that suits me just fine.’ Art least on that job she can be pretty confident  that she won’t be  wrangling  candles.

Ado setting the props at the Waddell Homestead.

Monday, August 31, 2009


While the Australian tunnellers were trying to undermine the Germans, deep below the surface of the Western Front, the German tunnellers were trying to get to the Australians the same way. In Beneath Hill 60, the Germans play quite a prominent role, not just as evil shadows.

We are fortunate to have some very talented German and German-speaking actors on board with us. Also, a special thanks to our German translation and language advisor, Verena von der Heiden.

Marcus Costello (left) as Ernst Wagner with Kenneth Spiteri as Karl Babek in the German tunnels beneath Hill 60.
Photo by Wendy McDougall.

Dennis Kreuseler as a German soldier.
Photo by Wendy McDougall.

Marcus Costello as German Tunneller Ernst Wagner climbing a shaft.
Karl Babek (Kenneth Spiteri) watches from below.
Photo by Wendy McDougall.

Production Stills

Shoot Week 5 had some very exciting scenes! Our Stills Photographer, Wendy McDougall captured the action in the tunnels and trenches.

Suffocating darkness. Brendan Cowell as Captain Oliver Woodward in the claustrophobic tunnels of the Western Front.
Photo by Wendy McDougall.

The 1st Australian Tunnelers' rugby team prepares to take on the Royal Northumberland Fuiliers.
The SFX team's smoke machine creates a wonderful atmosphere of foreboding.
Photo by Wendy McDougall.

Brendan Cowell as Captain Oliver Woodward (left) and Anthony Hayes as Captain William McBride with a map of the underground tunnel system.
Photo by Wendy McDougall.

Rain (courtesy of the Special Effects Deparment) in the trenches on the Western Front.
Photo by Wendy McDougall.

Crawling away from the Red House (German Machine gun emplacement) before the explosion.
Photo by Wendy McDougall.

Harrison Gilbertson as Tunneller Frank Tiffin.
Photo by Wendy McDougall.

Tunneller Jim Sneddon (Alan Dukes) and his son Walter (Alex Thompson) wearing rescue equipment in the tunnels.
Photo by Wendy McDougall.

Beneath Hill 60

Beneath Hill 60
Click on the DVD to visit the Official website