Age shall not weary them
On Anzac Day we share student-made films on the impact of World War I on young people.
25 April 2020
‘Jack and Tom’ was created by students of Miranda Public School and Port Hacking High School and tells the story of two boys who grow up together, eventually going off to war with each other.
Video – Jack and Tom
Duration – 7:14
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We're sailing the seven seas
Ahoy, we're pirates.
Are you going fishing, Jack?
I'm going to catch a whale. That's what I'm gonna do.
You're gonna catch a big toe. Come on Jack, over the top.
Come on Tom, I'll race ya. Let's see who's first.
Hey Jack, what are you up to?
I was going for a fish. Old boy says the snapper on.
Old boy. He wouldn't know a fish from a frog. Anyway, we got footy practice.
Oh, sorry mate. I clean forgot.
Well, come on Jack. Other top.
Give me the ball then.
Come on, Tom. I'll race ya, let's see who's first.
Where have ya been?
Cronulla, there's been quite a commotion.
What's going on? You're really worked up, my old mate.
Well, this fellows come to town, a big bloke from Hawaii or something.
I've heard about him. The Prince? No, the Duke? Heard he'd been doing some surfing. That's funny – I've been doing that for years.
No, this was different. I was watching him.
Yeah. He was standing up and riding it. Amazing.
Well, after he finished, all these people wanted to shake his hand, grab his picture and put it in the paper.
Do you get your face in a picture? Did you meet him?
Better than that.
Is that the board? The Duke's board?
They were too busy fussing over, I decided, I'll borrow the board. I'll give it back later.
Here I was thinking you were chatting up the ladies. Come on Jack. Over the top.
I'll raise your Tom. Let's see who's first.
Where'd you get that case?
My mum made me bring it. She said, "you'll be gone a long time. You need lots of clothes."
Clothes? You can fit the kitchen sink in that thing.
Don't worry, she tried.
Just think, next stop Cairo. Come on, Jack. Over the top.
Come on Tom, I'll race ya. Let's see who's first.
What do you got there, Tom, old mate?
A parcel from my sister, Kate. Jack, we're about to go, I'm scared.
It's all right, mate. It's all good. Are they those Anzac biscuits she made you?
I think so, yeah.
You know what? You use those as weapons. Johnny Turk wouldn't know what hit him.
Jump on in 10 seconds, men.
Come on Jack, over the top.
I'll race you, Tom. Let's see who's first.
I'll race you Tom. Let's see who's first.
‘Parcel from my sister Kate’ is a parallel movie to ‘Jack and Tom’ and looks at World War I from a young woman’s perspective. The film was a collaboration between students at Miranda Public School, Caringbah Public School and Port Hacking High School. As patron of the Film by the Sea festival, actor Bryan Brown, donated his time to appear in the film.
Video - Parcel from my sister Kate
Duration – 10:39
Boys, we'll never make it. Those Thompson boys will stop us for sure.
Let's face it, we're outnumbered and they're too strong. That flag's never coming off the pole.
What about my sister Kate.
She's a girl. Girls don't storm battlements and take castles and capture flags.
This one does.
I won't let you down Tom.
There's a girl in the group.
What a bunch of g–
She smacked you Thompson boys.
What a tiger, she's braver than brave.
Who wants to try one of my biscuits? It's a new recipe.
I wouldn't mate, she looks pretty but the biscuits aren't.
They're downright dangerous.
You're hilarious. COme on, try one for me?
Ok, lads, we'll all have one of Kate's biscuits.
[tapping biscuits on wooden bench]
What's got you all in a fluster?
The old Huns really been giving it to France and Britain. It's on Jack, it's on.
We need to sign up, Tom. We need to do our part and while we're at it we'll see the world.
This isn't a game Jack. It's not like capturing flags, this is war. People get killed. The newspapers don't tell you everything.
We'd better be in it. We can't not sign up.
If you boys are going I'm going to sign up.
Sorry Kate, they don't take women.
Why not? I can run faster shoot straight up and ride better than all you lot.
They won't let you Kate. They just won't.
We'll see about that.
How do I look?
What are you doing here?
I'm signing up. How do I look?
You look like a girl dressed as a bloke. It's not gonna work.
Maybe if we gave her a few whiskers, she'd look the part?
Alright, I'll sort out the whiskers, you get the paperwork done.
Alright, see you in a second mate.
Now remember Kate; deep voice, no eye contact, make sure you look down.
And if you're not sure, just say "mate". Here are your papers. I fixed them up best I could.
Mate? I'd love to be your mate. Why don't we have a cuppa and a bit of a chat. Don't be a boofhead son. I'm a sergeant. Now, what's your name?
I fix them up best likely you're next
sir down seven down pending romantic
sense of humanity what's your brother
Bob man I don't know man
good luck that's all
what am I going to do Khan I did I know
whether you take clover all punched on
punch me you see no hard units
distraction a distraction I'm game you
can fight like that good enough for me
okay the next room get eautiful what
you're a girl
let's go that again at least you can say
you gave your best shot you nearly got
through this yellow box would have been
a hurdle though what can I do now
don't worry sis we've back before you
look after my brother you know Mary's
horse got out last week that's the third
one was come on ladies we need to have
these parcels ready by Friday or they'll
miss the boat it's wrong Emel
she had a little from the vehicle her
husband's missing on the Thunder
that's the third letter this week for
someone from this space they were and
they said the war would be over by
Christmas that was two Christmases ago
there'll be no young men left soon
okay no no no pls i would like either
were there before for me I need to find
my brother is living in friend it's not
that reason there's you both I just have
to go what you have to go in a
I'm here to see my brother Tom its
private Thomas hook
it's the Patriots restaurant you must
come back later he's a very sick man
I've come all the way from Australia so
I'm not going to come back late I must
insist my Tom services you make
careful he was caught in an explosion
and then gasped as he lay in the field I
thought I'd never see you again I've got
some biscuits for you outside in my
suitcase show me a better cake but worse
that's not very nice
I've come halfway it's Jack he was right
there with me before the explosion he
pushed me out of the way came he pushed
me out of the way it's okay Tom where's
Jack now this is in my hair when they
found me it's Jack's
I found use home I'll find Jack this is
for you jack
you were brave and brave I'll never
forget you now the years have gone
quickly plans new memories are clear and
fast locked in my heart and my soul and
his death draws me gently need for me
there will be no fear for you I'll be
braver but embrace all the joys of our
childhood throws a wild carefree lives
when our eyes could see all that was
cool and our friendship is wrong as to
‘Film by’ is a Department of Education initiative to support students learn about the film-making process, from scripting to shooting and editing. The films are then showcased at community film festivals around NSW.
- Student voices