You are here


Field Punishment No.1 DVD

A landmark release for Anzac Day 2015 and the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign (The forgotten heroes of the Great War: a powerful true story)

Based on true events, the powerful, moving and brutal historical drama FIELD PUNISHMENT No. 1 tells one of the most remarkable and controversial stories of World War I: the stance taken by New Zealand’s first conscientious objectors, who endured incarceration, torture and even death for refusing to be conscripted against their will.

This hard-hitting drama is released on DVD by Odyssey on 20 April 2015 to coincide with Anzac Day (25 April), Australia and New Zealand’s great day of national remembrance, which commemorates all those that fought and died at war. The release also coincides with the centenary of one the most legendary, protracted and bloody campaigns – The Gallipoli campaign that inspired Anzac Day and cost thousands of Australian and New Zealand lives.

Directed by Peter Burger and written by the award-winning team of Donna Malane and Paula Boock, FIELD PUNISHMENT No. 1 tells the story of the hundreds of New Zealand ‘conchies’ who refused to fight in what they regarded as a war that ‘set brother against brother’ by focusing on the experiences of fourteen of them, notably Archibald Baxter (Fraser Brown), the country’s most famous conscientious objector and father of the celebrated poet, James K. Baxter.

Despite the unrelenting efforts of the Allied military machine, these men refused to renounce their pacifism. Arrested and secretly shipped off to Europe, they endured years of hardship in prisons and punishment camps and ultimately they were sent to the front line from which many never returned. How these men were stigmatized and tortured in an attempt to break their spirit makes for an uncompromising and dramatic war story – but the integrity, courage and compassion with which they dealt with the cruelty is even more extraordinary as ‘digger’ and pacifist alike confronted the ‘Great War’.

Competition closing date

Sunday, 3 May 2015 - 11:59pm

Competition prize

We have 5 copies of the FIELD PUNISHMENT No.1 DVD to give away; to enter just answer the question below:-


James Dimsdale, Stephen Markey, Bev Cordle, Claire Butler and Angela Sandhu

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to all our winners!

More competitions