Mel Gibson to Host ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Australian Premiere

Director Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto) will be attending the Australian Premiere of HACKSAW RIDGE in Sydney on Sunday, October 16 at the State Theatre.

About the film
Shot in various locations across New South Wales in 2015, the Australian film stars Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network, 99 Homes) and Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers, Into The Wild) along with Australians Luke Bracey (Home & Away, The Best of Me, Point Break), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Knight of Cups), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Dressmaker, The Lord of The Rings) Sam Worthington (Avatar, Everest) and Rachel Griffiths (TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Six Feet Under, Hilary and Jackie). Rounding out the supporting cast is an impressive mix of Australian and international talent, including Ryan Corr, Richard Roxburgh, Luke Pegler, Ben Mingay, Firass Dirani, Nico Cortez, Harry Greenwood, Milo Gibson and Nathaniel Buzolic.

HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun.

He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic he single-handedly rescued the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was injured by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the highest military honour in the US, awarded for personal acts of valour above and beyond the call of duty.

HACKSAW RIDGE recently had its world premiere in Venice to a ten minute standing ovation and critical acclaim.

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