THE WAR WITHIN THEMSELVES
Diggers back from overseas readjust in Fighting Season
Only a handful of small families are present at a near-deserted airport in 2010 to welcome home their loved ones – soldiers who’ve been serving in the often nightmarish war in Afghanistan. Celebrations for the homecoming are muted and sombre as the platoon is touching down on home soil just 48 hours after their boss Ted was killed in action on a troubled mission.
Mystery surrounds Ted’s (Ewen Leslie) demise because an army culture of stoic self-sacri ce, the politics of war and the bonds of mateship forged in war zones all serve to prevent the truth of the incident from being revealed. These barriers also threaten to corrode the soldiers’ relationships and civilian lives – and even the strongest of marriages are at risking of unravelling. Each of the troopers grasps fragments of the truth, while seemingly striving to hide a terrible secret. Maybe it was the horri c nature of Ted’s death – was he murdered? TVS
BATTLE SCARS Back home, the war vets must deal with PTSD