Camden-born producers thrilled with reaction to war film Danger Close

Battlefield: Actor Luke Bracey (at front) appears as Sergeant Bob Buick in Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan. Picture: Deeper Water Films.
Battlefield: Actor Luke Bracey (at front) appears as Sergeant Bob Buick in Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan. Picture: Deeper Water Films.

The Camden-born producers behind new Australia war film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan are over the moon with the movie's reception.

Michael and John Schwarz produced the newly-released Vietnam War film through their production company Deeper Water Films.

Michael Schwarz said it had been "incredible" to hear the positive feedback Danger Close had received since its Australia-wide release last Thursday.

"We're thrilled with the reception we've had from crowds," he said.

"You never know what to expect before you release a film, so this reaction has been a nice surprise."

The film follows a company of 108 Anzac soldiers who face off against more than 2000 enemy soldiers in the Long Tan rubber plantation.

Vikings actor Travis Fimmel leads the film as Major Harry Smith, who is in charge of the Delta company.

He is supported by some of Australia's best acting talents, including Luke Bracey (Point Break), Daniel Webber (11/22/63), Alexander England (Offspring), Stephen Peacocke (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot), Nicholas Hamilton (It) and Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!).

Mr Schwarz said he'd been fortunate enough to attend screenings of Danger Close with veterans of Long Tan, and their families, and was happy to see they enjoyed the film.

"I think one of the biggest things we took away is that family members said that they finally understood what it was like for the veterans," he said. "Even though they'd heard stories before, they had a better understanding after watching the film.

"That, to me, was the best thing to come out of making the movie.

"I hope that lots of young people now have a greater understanding of what it was like, as we're not taught a lot about the Vietnam War in schools."

An advance charity screening of the film was held at Event Cinemas Campbelltown in late June. The screening raised $13,000 for the African AIDS Foundation, a charity founded by the Schwarz brothers' parents.

Danger Close is in cinemas now.