Australia's only fully war-time feature, The Rats of Tobruk focuses on three friends who are cattle droving in the outback just before the outbreak of World War II. By 1941, restless Bluey Donkin, easy-going Milo Trent, and Shakespeare-quoting Englishman Peter Linton have decided to join the Australian Imperial Forces (A.I.F.) and later find themselves in North Africa fighting Rommel's army.
After early successes against the Italian army, the Australian 9th Division finds itself besieged in Tobruk.(...more)
A pioneering Australian filmmaker, screenwriter, and author, Charles Chauvel is noted for making such films as Forty Thousand Horsemen (1940) and Jedda in 1955. He learned his craft initially as a production assistant to Reg. 'Snowy' Baker, following to Hollywood in 1922, at his own expense, where he spent some time as a jack of all trades including working as an extra, lighting technician, publicist, and stunt double. After returning to Australia Chauvel obtained finance from Queensland businessmen and friends to produce his first films The Moth of Moonbi and Greenhide (both 1926).
Sadly, this film is not available in its entirety.
Watch the trailer for The Rats of Tobruk courtesy of the Internet Archive below.
To see the Internet Archive's own page for The Rats of Tobruk, complete with thumbnail images of stills from the film, click here.
This beautifully descriptive and illustrated piece covers the production of The Rats of Tobruk.
The Chiel, 'How an Australian Film Is Made: Back Stage News on Production of "The Rats of Tobruk",' The Argus, 16 September 1944, p.6S.
To view the article via Trove, click here.
A follow-up to the earlier piece by 'The Chiel' on the film's production, this piece covers the film's premiere.
The Chiel, 'Great Australian War Film', The Argus, 8 December 1944, p.2.
To read the article in its entirety via Trove, click here.
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