A Very Short War (2010)
Written by Bill Young, A Very Short War is the true life
biography about Australian aviator Cliff Carpenter who unfortunately
died at the commencement of his military placement in Norway. Described
by eloquently by Young, A Very Short War is a story about one
man's short yet remarkable life who died on his 28th birthday and
through interviews, letters and family stories, we learn that Carpenter
was quite the aviator and even built his own plane in his backyard.
story is told through the family link of Bill Young who is the actual
nephew of Cliff Carpenter and through painstaking research, he tells the
story of his uncle during the deadly backdrop of world war II which not
only goes into detail about the war such as the airplanes and
positioning of guns on the planes but how his death caused a ripple
effect through his family. Carpenter and his crew were unfortunately
attacked by two Messerschmitt Bf110's which saw his life cut short and
was the catalyst of Young's pilgrimage to Norway.
opposed to just a documentary, Young who is also the narrator of this
film puts his own emotional stamp on this real-world story as World War
II is not just seen through the eyes of his family but also through his
eyes that creates a unique yet disturbing vision of this wartime
conflict. With some strong yet emotional information, A Very Short
War is also a warning about the destructive nature of war and how it
touches everyone, even through time itself.
Engaging to say the least.