"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.
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 NZ 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 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 years 2014-19 were designated by the NZ Government as WW100, a year of wide-ranging centenary commemorations, of which this film is a part.