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COMMEMORATING THE C E N T E N A R Y O F
T H E
ALLIPOLI G P R O J E C T O V E R V I E W
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THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GALLIPOLI CONFLICT will attract worldwide interest - especially in countries whose forces invaded Gallipoli and those who defended it. The Gallipoli-100 Project will satisfy this interest by creating a series of media products, including: l A 90-MINUTE TV DOCUMENTARY l A TWO-HOUR DVD l A SERIES OF SHORT FILMS l AN ILLUSTRATED BOOK l SEVERAL MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENTS
all for release in 2015. A COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION IS ALSO PLANNED. Turkish Comman
Australian and (inset) Turkish trenchs at Gallipoli.
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S UVL A BAY
G ABA T EPE
The peninsula is ideal for defense, with rugged hills rising precipitously from narrow strips of beach.
G ALLIPOLI P ENINSULA
The Gallipoli Peninsula is an 80-kilometer finger of land commanding the Dardenelle Straits, and controlling access to Istanbul, the Black Sea and western Asia.
A N ATO L I A
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the hIstOry This strategic corner of Turkey has been fought over since antiquity; witnessing Agamemnon’s 10-year siege of Troy, Alexander the Great’s march into Asia, and the Ottoman Turk’s advance into Europe.
Finally, in the early days of the First World War, it became the focus of a doomed Anglo-French attempt to knock Turkey out of the war, open up a relief route to Russia and launch a southern front against Germany and its ally, the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Attackers an d de
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cOntent Gallipoli-100 will present a critical study of the Gallipoli conflict from the viewpoint of ALL adversaries, through the eyes of media professionals who themselves have witnessed wars. eship Bouvet French battl
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Gallipoli-100 will take a
Anglo-French attempt, on March 18, 1915, to take the Dardanelle Strait with warships alone;
balanced look at ALL aspects military and political, land, sea and air - of the conflict. Whilst honouring the valour of the men of all nationalities who fought and died there, it will question the enormous waste of lives on both sides. And ask, in terms of sending young men off on ill-conceived military adventures, what's changed since World War One?
l Followed by the invasion of the Gallipol Peninsula, on April 25, by British Commonwealth and French land forces; l And increasingly deadly attempts during ensuing months by the invaders to capture the peninsula and the defenders to drive them back into the sea.
A Turkish artillery battery and invaders using periscope rifles at Gallipoli, with defending commander General Otto Liman von Sanders (top right).
French anti-aircraft gunners on alert at Gallipoli.
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Gallipoli-100 will provide the first-ever non-biased account of the conflict. Drawing upon material from multiple sources: l Film: archival & animate l Images: photos & posters l Art works: historical & surreal l And sound: oral history, poetry & song
Gallipoli-100 will objectively asses the outcome of the conflict and its profound effect on the combatants, including the crucial role it played in the emergency of modern Turkey, and in defining the character of the young Australian and New Zealand nations. And examine the many myths and half-truths that emerged from it..
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Media products, utilizing the film-making, writing and design talents of Gallipoli-100 project partners and their associates will include:
l A 90-minute TV documentary produced by British writer & filmaker John Lawton, who as a foreign correspondent reported on three Middle East wars, the Cyprus conflict and Afghanistan. l A two-hour DVD produced by Keremedia with animated battle sequences by 1000 Volt Productions of Istanbul. l A series of short films by Emy award winning editor Tom Ash focusing on key aspects of the conflict. l A 250-page, book containing 150 photos, historical illustrations and impressionist paintings by Turkish surrealist Sema Bicik.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (left) at Gallipoli.
l And several illustrated supplements prepared by Keenan Design for historical magazines worldwide.
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exhIbItIOn Gallipoli-100 is also planning an exhibition in London and Istanbul commemorating the centenary of the conflict.
Researchers for the exhibition will seek out poignant personal mementoes that will honour the memory of the soldiers of all the nations who fought at Gallipoli. The displays will show how these men shared the common virtues of loyalty, courage and honour. In this way the exhibition will promote amongst its audience an understanding of the universal and tragic consequences of war for all citizens.
The Director of the Gallipoli-100 exhibition is Gareth Griffiths, former head of the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum.
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PrOductIOn Short 184 torpedo bomber first deployed at Gallipoli.
Gallipoli-100 is a cooperative endeavour combining the expertise and facilities of BBA Turkey, Keremedia and Keenan Design UK. BBA is an independent television agency providing facilities for international coverage of current affairs, culture and sports for leading broadcasters worldwide. The agency is Istanbul feed point and premier partner of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and has served ABC, NBC, CBS, ITN and BBC. BBA's half-century of experience in over 70 locations in 30 countries ranges from, South Africa to Siberia and Argentine to Afghanistan. It has provided live coverage of annual Gallipoli commemorative ceremonies since 1969. KEREMEDIA is a Turkish-based multi-media company producing TV documentaries, films, DVDs and books for international audiences. It produced documentaries retracing the Silk Road and the Spice Route for ARTE and NDR, and films and DVDs on Africa and Asia for the UN. Its books include Silk, Scents & Spice published by UNESCO. Keremedia first provided coverage of Gallipoli in 1965 - the 50th anniversary of the conflict. KEENAN DESIGN is a London-based Graphics agency specialising in the design and printing of magazines, fine arts catalogues, brochures and books. Among its titles are the book Turks of Eurasia, and Aramco World Magazine.
IS SUPPORTED BY
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fInAncInG Financing for Gallipoli-100 will come partly from sales of international broadcasting and publishing rights of media products, and partly from sponsorship and grants. Gallipoli-100 media products will be broadcast by TV networks and distributed by publishers worldwide - providing international exposure for all who support their production. Sponsors of the Gallipoli-100 exhibition will benefit from association with a landmark event taking place in the heart of London and Istanbul in 2015. Situated in international, cosmopolitan cities, the exhibition will attract a large audience and a high level of interest from the media. The only exhibition in London exclusively dealing with the Gallipoli invasion, it will bring the story of a key episode in the founding of modern Turkey to new audiences.
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THE GALLIPOLI CONFLICT WAS A MILITARY DISASTER FOR THE INVADERS
AND A COSTLY VICTORY FOR THE DEFENDERS
IT ENDED ON JANUARY 9, 1916
LEAVING OVER HALF-A-MILLION TURKISH, BRITISH, FRENCH, AUSTRALIAN NEW ZEALAND, INDIAN, IRISH, CANADIAN AFRICAN AND GERMAN CASUALTIES
The 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli conflict