THE CRATER – interview with David Bradbury


The Crater is the latest film from veteran documentary filmmaker David Bradbury, who is well known for his films exploring political and social causes.

Brian Cleaver, a National Serviceman conscript whose number came out of the lottery barrel was sent to Vietnam to serve his country. His experiences there would change the course of his entire life. Through the vehicle of Brian’s continuing quest to lay the ghosts of his past – and atone for some of the horrors of combat – The Crater is a remarkable portrait of war and its long term consequences. The Crater follows Vietnam vet Brian Cleaver as he returns to the former battlefields in an effort to uncover the bodies of 42 Vietnamese soldiers buried in a bomb crater.

The film is screening at Melbourne’s Nova Cinemas on Sunday April 12 at 5pm, and David and a couple of veteran soldiers will be in attendance to participate in a Q&A session hosted by The Age film reviewer Philippa Hawker.

Greg spoke to David about The Crater and some of the challenges of making the film.

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