Despite the love affair which Breaker Morant has had with the media — near universal acclaim from critics and film institutions alike (witness Breaker's clean sweep of the AFI awards last year) — as a film, it stinks. It is neither well made nor original, and without Don McAlpine's totally undiscriminating and/or doting relatives of the performers. As a political film — which its supporters claim it to be — it stinks to high heaven. The position it adopts regarding war in general, the Boer War in particular, Australia's colonial heritage and British imperialism are repellent and reactionary.
Recommended CitationBoehringer, Kathe, Film Review : Breaker Morant, Australian Left Review, 1(76), 1981, 47-49.