The latest film by David Bradbury is a docudrama called The Crater.
Brian Cleaver, a National Serviceman conscript whose number came out of the lottery barrel was sent to Vietnam to serve his country. His experiences there would change the course of his entire life. Through the vehicle of Brian's continuing quest to lay the ghosts of his past - and atone for some of the horrors of combat – THE CRATER is a remarkable portrait of war and its long term consequences.
Brian was so traumatized by his exposure to the Battles of Coral and Balmoral that he has been suffering from Post Traumatic Stress for the past forty-six years. As he acknowledges himself, part of his way of dealing with the nightmares of those two battles he experienced firsthand is his search for the missing 42 bodies of enemy soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army who threw themselves at the Australian lines during the battles. Those 42 were bulldozed into a mass grave in a large bomb crater in front of the Australian digger’s position.
This film tells the story of the battles that changed Brian's life, and sees him return to Vietnam - to meet old enemies and dig for the bodies of the men he saw killed.
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