History or Hollywood?: Solving the Mystery of The Water Diviner

Why does the Anzac Legend continue to captivate Australians? In the lead up to the Centenary of the Landing, Russell Crowe’s feature length movie ‘The Water Diviner’ was screened in cinemas across the world. The film claims to be inspired by ‘true events’, retraces the steps of the first pilgrim across the Gallipoli battlefields and grapples with one of Australia’s most enduring foundation narratives. But is it fact, or fiction? And how can it be used as a teaching device to better understand the allure of Anzac today. Join Monash historians on a bold exposé of the myths behind ‘The Water Diviner’.