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The Forgotten General

Television (Excerpts) – 2013

Director Karl Zohrab’s docudrama makes the case for World War I military leader Major General Sir Andrew Russell to be resurrected in Kiwi popular memory alongside the likes of Freyberg. Based on Jock Vennell's biography, the film spans Russell’s life from his Hawke’s Bay childhood to Gallipoli and the Western Front — where the New Zealand Division commander was acknowledged for his tactical nous — to the latent effect of his war experience. It screened on The History Channel for Anzac Day 2014. Colin Moy (In My Father’s Den) plays Russell in battlefield dramatisations.

He was conscious of the awesome responsibility that he held: he could destroy New Zealand's future with the loss of its manhood, and yet he could take it back to New Zealand feeling that they have achieved something to be proud of.
– Chris Pugsley, in the documentary

Key Cast & Crew

Karl Zohrab

Director, Writer, Producer

Ken Blackburn

As: Sir James Allen

Geoff Houtman

As: Major Bob Wilson

Peter Daubé

As: General Alexander Godley

Elisabeth Easther

As: Gerturde Russell

Colin Moy

As: Sir Andrew Russell

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Produced by

Kingfisher Films

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