Australian writer-director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Black Robe, Paradise Road) has signed on to write and direct a film about the Battle of Long Tan, "one of the seminal battles of the [Viet Nam] War for Australian and New Zealand troops." (I feel I must confess here that, despite taking a semester-long seminar on Viet Nam in college, I don't think I've ever heard of Long Tan. Go, American education system.) In the battle, which took place in 1966, 108 Australian and New Zealand forces took on and defeated 2500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops; the causality numbers were 24 wounded, 18 killed on the Oz/NZ side, and 750 wounded and at least 275 deaths suffered by the Vietnamese forces. Wow. So this is going to be one of those incredibly harrowing, depressing, "But hey, we won!" movies, huh?

Beresford is currently at work on the script for the as-yet-untitled film, with production due to start sometime next year.
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