Thanks to the wonderful folks at Madman, I have two copies of Beaconsfield to give away. This telemovie has been on my must watch list ever since I found out it was being directed by Glendyn Ivin, whose feature Last Ride I hold in such high esteem.
Surely all Australians know this remarkable story, but here's the synopsis:
On Anzac Day 2006, Todd Russell and Brant Webb, along with fellow miner Larry Knight, were trapped deep inside the Beaconsfield gold mine in Tasmania. Todd and Brant were enclosed nearly 1000 metres underground, caged in a space so small they could neither sit up straight nor fully lie down. It was five days before they were found to be alive.
Most Australians know that Todd Russell and Brant Webb survived a horrifying mine collapse that killed their colleague Larry Knight. However, they don’t know much more than that. Beaconsfield tells the whole story. After the discovery that Todd and Brant had survived the mine collapse the search became a rescue mission. Working in conditions that could see another cave-in at any moment, colleagues worked tirelessly to get them out alive.
It was an event Australia and the world watched unfolding with bated breath. As every news outlet in the country scrambled to cover the story, the frantic work of the rescuers continued. Beaconsfield recounts the story of these two very different men who were trapped together for 15 days while their wives, families and friends waited anxiously above ground, hoping and praying for good news. It tells how Matthew Gill, Pat Ball and their teams rescued Todd Russell and Brant Webb. But most of all, it is the story of how two men, who had nothing in common, kept their heads together and their hope alive for 15 days and nights.
To win one of two DVDs simply email me (subject: Beaconsfield) with your name and address. Winners will be notified by reply.
DVD release date: 15 August 2012