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NZ$ 110 pledged of NZ$ 25,000 goal
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The first part of the fund raising is to finish the first draft of the script , and finalisd the last bit of the research of the diaries of my great grandfather stories, and to make small trailer of the film , to be able to show to the larger funding bodies  (NZ On Air, NZ Film Commission ) and other Networks  that the project can be made and the story truly and New Zealand Story .

this just brief outline of the story

Not many people know about the hardships and the endurance of the New Zealand Mounted Brigade in World War I. Celebrated by Australians, Bri sh, and Turks for their horsemanship, their Kiwi ingenuity and their derring do, they received little media coverage in New Zealand and were widely believed to be soldiers on ‘holiday’. Five years spent in gruelling desert condition, caring for their horses, who had been transported from New Zealand, o en at their own expense, these soldiers fought spectacularly, yet they are largely forgo en. The NZ Mounted Brigade consisted of mounted riflemen from Nelson, Auckland, Wellington, and a 532-strong conngent from Canterbury. Two-thirds of the Canterbury men died overseas and of those who returned, many were injured, disabled, or broken by their years at war. Instrumental in the campaigns in Gaza and Rafa, the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, helped turn the de in Palestine, at great cost to themselves and their precious horses. They found themselves guarding for their lives in the unforgiving desert, patrolling and protecting the railway under construction. Trying to keep the peace, under re from Turks and Bedouins, they earned respect as fair and hard-working men. The men put their horses rest, every day, and the bond between the horsemen and their steeds became the story of legend in the desert. The Turks nicknamed them, “the devils on horseback” because they would ride thirty miles in the dead of night to achieve their mission target, disabling Turkish troop carriers, harrying patrols, and launching surprise dawn attacks on well-defended citadels. Their bravery was unremitting, yet no one back home heard of their courage. Their successes were labelled Bri sh or Australian wins, and the dispatches of the me record their activities with a monotonously censored “nothing of note to report”. The Mounted Rifles earned tens of medals for bravery, distinguished conduct and for rescuing others, yet they were seen as a squad that did nothing but sit at the beach getting a tan. Even after the war was over, they were used as a peacekeeping force, kept away from their loved ones for almost a year. After five years at war, they returned, despised, uncelebrated, and dismissed. No hero’s welcome for the surviving third who made it home. Fifty percent of the able-bodied men of Canterbury went to war. Few returned. Families and towns were decimated by their losses. As the hundred-year anniversary of the Armistice approaches in 2018, the brave horsemen of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles and the New Zealand Mounted Brigade should be celebrated and remembered.

next chapter, 


 is a fictionalised account of five horsemen from Canterbury who volunteered for war. The story follows two underage brothers, a part-Maori cousin, and a father and son who all left the High Country to do their bit. The beauty of the open spaces of Canterbury are showcased, highlighting the life the men left behind to face alien desert landscapes of glaring white sand and blazing sun. The life back home is referenced through the story’s scenes of wives and families left behind, and through their letters, to illustrate the emotional hardship of separation and the unfairly negative public perception on of the Mounted Rifles back home, while they were fightng for their lives. The story draws heavily on diaries, real life accounts and other sources to create composite characters that breathe life into the Mounted Riflemen who were intelligent, diligent, persistent, brave, and caring, with kiwi ingenuity and humour to carry them through the hard times. These characters express all that was noble, and very human, in these boys and men who faced incredible hardship and perilous danger. Many of the events depicted in the lm are drawn from historical anecdotes of the NZ Mounted Brigade and depict their humour and honour in every encounter. The five are followed from signing up through training and desert patrolling to the battles of Rafa and Gaza. Finally, they are also followed home, to see what is left of their shattered lives in a country that has forgotten their sacrifices. As an audience, we share their journey and engage emotionally with each character. We want them all to survive. JOHN and MICHAEL are both underage when they lie about their age and sign up to go to War. Passionate about their horses, they spend hours looking a er their mounts and we explore the shy creatively of John and the merry humour of his baby brother. The teenagers grow up fast as bullets fly and the desert life forces them to find inner reserves of determination on and resourcefulness. John’s bond with his horse typifies the love that all of the horsemen have for their mounts. John is one of the few who survive, and we see him as an old man, broken by his losses, and refusing to ride a horse again. As part of the film finale, we see his grandson wears John’s medals with pride as he rides in the commemorative ‘100 Years, 100 Horses Ride’ for Anzac Day in 2015 to celebrate his grandfather’s achievements.

more to come!!!

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