25 April is an innovative feature documentary created to bring the story of the New Zealand experience at Gallipoli (Turkey) to life for a modern audience through a reimagined world. Using graphic novel-like animation, 25 April brings First World War experiences out of the usual black-and-white archive pictures and into vibrant, dynamic colour. Weaving together animated “interviews” based on the diaries, letters and memoirs of six people who were actually there, the film tells the compelling and heart-wrenching tale of war, friendship, loss and redemption using the words of those who experienced it.
During World War One, Turkey was a German ally. Hoping to knock Turkey out of the war, the British launched an invasion at the Gallipoli Peninsula. As part of the British Empire, colonial troops from Australia and New Zealand fought in this campaign. They became known as ANZACs. Gallipoli was to be a defining event in the history of these two nations. 25 April tells the story of the New Zealand’s involvement in this flawed and brutal campaign, which led to the deaths of thousands of young men and women. In New Zealand, the words “Gallipoli” and “ANZAC” have many meanings and great significance. So much so, that April 25th is a public holiday - a day of remembrance throughout the nation. And the year 2015-16 was designated by the NZ Government as WW100, a year of wide-ranging centenary commemorations, of which this film is a part.
2015:Toronto International Film Festival, 2016:Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Holland Animation Film Festival, Annecy International Animation Film Festival