Short Film

The Missing

Country: Australia

Running Time: 11:21mins

Project Type: Short Documentary

Director: Jary Nemo

Writer: Jary Nemo, Lucinda Horrocks

Producer: Lucinda Horrocks, Jary Nemo

Cast: Bart Ziino, Melanie Oppenheimer, Richard Chew
Tymur Yashchenko, Robert Kwilman


When WW1 brought Australians face to face with mass death a Red Cross Information Bureau and post-war graves workers laboured to help families grieve for the missing.

The unprecedented death toll of the First World War generated a burden of grief. Particularly disturbing was the vast number of dead who were “missing” – their bodies never found. This short documentary explores two unsung humanitarian responses to the crisis of the missing of World War 1 – the Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau and the post-war work of the Australian Graves Detachment and Graves Services. It tells of a remarkable group of men and women, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, who laboured to provide comfort and connection to grieving families in distant Australia.

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