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Starring Australian screen legends Jack Thompson, Gary Sweet and Sigrid Thornton, The Telegram Man is a 14-minute film directed and produced by James Francis Khehtie.
A BAFTA Los Angeles® winner and Australian Academy Awards® nominee, The Telegram Man explores the impact of World War Two on a close-knit Australian farming community.
A recipient of more than forty-five awards, The Telegram Man has been screened at more than 170 film festivals and special events around the world. This year, the film was selected from more than 15,000 entries submitted from around the world as one of the fifty semi-finalists for Your Film Festival, a global film competition conducted by Sir Ridley Scott, Michael Fassbender, YouTube, Emirates and the Venice Film Festival.
The Telegram Man was screened to a crowd of 10,500 at the 2015 ANZAC Day Centenary commemoration in Gallipoli, following its successful screenings to over 16,000 people just prior to the Dawn Services at the 2012–2014 commemorations. The film was also screened at the 2016 commemoration in Gallipoli and will be screened at the 2017 commemorations in both Gallipoli and at Villers-Bretonneux in France.
Regarded as a film of artistic, cultural and historical significance by the Academy Film Archive, The Telegram Man is part of its permanent collection at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood. The Archive collects, preserves and provides access to moving images that represent significant contributions to the art and science of motion pictures.