A Very Short War 

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FormatDVD
GenreWestern / War
Running Time56 mins
Aspect RatioTBC
LanguagesEnglish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
RatingPG
Available06-04-2011
LabelMadman Entertainment
SourcedAustralia
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A VERY SHORT WAR is a deeply personal story - one that resonates with every single name found chiselled into the memorial monuments scattered throughout the world's cities and country towns. It revolves around the short life of Jack Clifford (Cliff) Carpenter, a pioneer Australian aviator - a man who designed and built his first aeroplane as a teenager and sadly lost his life at the age of 28 in the darkening skies over Norway on the day of the German invasion. He left behind a grieving mother and father, a brother, two sisters and an enduring family legacy.Through his letters home we are exposed to a fascinating and intriguing insight into the spirit of the times as World War 2 beckoned. A Very Short War is not the story of a hero, yet it is truly heroic. It is a heartening story of great loss as it follows the quest by the nephew Cliff never knew to unravel the truth behind the ultimate sacrifice made in a lonely place far from home.

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A wonderful documentary

docofan on 07.04.2011

This is a truly wonderful and deeply moving documentary. It examines the true cost of war, and that every life is precious no matter who the person is - they were loved and they will be missed. It also gives a wonderful view into early aviation in Australia and is a history lesson as it examines the little know invasion of Norway in WW2. The interview with the fiancee Isabel brought tears to my eyes, and I could not recommend this documentary more highly. Excellent work!

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A Very Short War

Dan Freene on 14.04.2011

From the outside 'A Very Short War' seems like just another untold war story, but once you get a glimpse of this unique man's life and see the interviews with Isabel, the fiance' he left behind you really start to see a world that has been changed forever in his passing. The documentary is extremely heart felt, and weaves the viewer beautifully through the events in the life of Cliff Carpenter. It's a beautifully crafted documentary, and has a soundtrack that feels both rich and moving. It's a tribute to the makers of this piece, and now this story is captured forever and can be shared with the world forever.

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