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Film Screening

  • Orange City Library 147 Byng Street Orange, NSW, 2800 Australia (map)

Screening of Australian Film

Forty Thousand Horsemen

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Australian victory at Beersheba, secured by the Australian Light Horse — marking one of the last successful cavalry charges in history

40,000 Horsemen is a 1940 Australian war film directed by Charles Chauvel. It follows three heroes including sturdy Red (Grant Taylor), Larry (Pat Twohill) and Jim (Chips Rafferty) who starts a relationship with a glamorous French woman named Juliet (Betty Bryant). They are members of the Australian Light Horse regiment who fight during the First World War’s Sinai and Palestine Campaign. The story culminates at the Battle of Beersheba, with some of the sequence filmed near Orange. Film curator Paul Byrnes described it as an exciting action sequence that helped make the film an Australian, then an international, hit.


Supported by Orange Regional Museum and Orange City Library.

[Note: this is not an AFOPA-organised event; AFOPA takes no responsibility or liability for this event.]

Earlier Event: 27 October
Palestinian Film Festival - Canberra
Later Event: 2 November
Palestinian Film Festival - Melbourne