Bob Quinn - The Rover of Tobruk

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On this coming Friday at Wallis Cinemas





The Rover of Tobruk tells the amazing story of World War Two military medallist and Port Adelaide Football Club immortal, Bob Quinn.

An excerpt from “The Rover of Tobruk”
SOUND: DULLED BATTLEFIELD NOISES IN DEEP BACKGROUND. MACHINE GUNFIRE. THE WHISTLE OF INCOMING ARTILLERY SHELLS. EXPLOSIONS. BLACK SCREEN.
TEXT APPEARS ON SCREEN: Tobruk, Libya. August 3rd, 1941.
A Warrant Officer of the Australian Army’s 2/43rd Infantry Battalion has been ordered to take control of the 10th Platoon and launch a perilous attack on a German position where a machine gun is inflicting heavy casualties.
Under a hail of enemy fire, he tells his men they are facing almost certain death, and that he will carry out the most dangerous task himself – laying the final connecting pipe of a ‘Bangalore Torpedo’ explosive closest to the machine gun.
Four of his seven troops make the ultimate sacrifice carrying out his orders before the time comes for the Warrant Officer to jump from the trench. Enemy shrapnel tears a whole through his thigh and badly injures his face, but he survives, and the crucial mission is ultimately successful.
The Warrant Officer’s name is Robert Berrima ‘Bob’ Quinn, from Birkenhead, South Australia.
He is the captain/coach of the Port Adelaide Football Club.


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If you think that face looks familiar, it's because it's Steven Summerton, who portrays Bob Quinn in some of the reenactments - the film maker didn't want some actor who couldn't play footy to be Bob Quinn, so he asked Summo! And the doco is narrated by none other than Erin Phillips.
 

RussellEbertHandball

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Just listened to the producer Kane Mckay on Rowe's show - he is ex military and a Port supporter who put it all together off his own bat over 18 months then teamed up with Beyond Content. He wrote the script and did most of the interviews.

Friday it has its premiere at Wallis Cinemas but he didn't say when it would be released to the wider public. Below is Wallis' Coming Soon page and there is nothing there.

He said next week there is the Australian International Documentary Conference and he is hoping that they will sign some distribution deals there.

 

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You can listen to writer / producer Kane McKay talk about how he put the doco all together between 1.08.40 and 1.16.30 from his interview on AA sportshow yesterday.

 

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You can listen to writer / producer Kane McKay talk about how he put the doco all together between 1.08.40 and 1.16.30 from his interview on AA sportshow yesterday.

Poor guy, did he have to answer many questions from cRowie? :p

How many crows were war heroes Kane? Will you do a documentary on them?
 

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Any word on when this will hit the cinemas (if at all)?
I guess the same question can be made regarding the "This Is Port Adelaide" 150th film too.
Cheers.
 

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