The Choice is Yours
A government film gives hope of rehabilitation to the returning war veteran.
Production Company: Amalgamated Pictures Australasia Pty Ltd
Credits: Produced by Claude Flemming Photographed by Bert Cross Written by F G Samson
Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Catalogue Reference: NFSA title: 35214
This short dramatic film about the return of a soldier to his family was commissioned by the Department of Repatriation. It combines professional actors and newsreel footage.
Jack, a returned war veteran, and his father discuss the wonderful choices he now has to rebuild his life after the war. Returned soldiers are shown being trained in furniture making, bootmaking, building, pottery, wool sorting and farming. The purpose of the film was to showcase the Government’s retraining schemes for returning servicemen. It is also a blatant request for public funding to help the returned soldier learn a new trade or go on the land.
Despite its obvious social message, this film would have given ex-servicemen some hope for their future prospects
The Choice is Yours
Soldiers disembark from troop ship
Intertitle: Commandant - Australia is raising £25,000,000 for you to build up a new Australia. Everybody will help. Make your choice - settle on the land or learn a trade?...
Soldiers lined up
Intertitle: Home, Sweet Home
Soldier returns home
Soldier and family take tea in the backyard
Intertitle: FATHER - You have been told that a loak is being raised of £25,000,000 to help you diggers. Have you thought of your future is it to be a trade or land?.....
Intertitle: Furniture Making
Men making furniture
Men making boots
Intertitle: Building Instruction Class
Men making pottery
Intertitle: Wool Sorting
Men sorting wool
Intertitle: Even the maimed are helped
Men wearing prosthetic legs
Intertititle: Settling on the land
Constructing a farmhouse
Caring for hrose, feed hens and coraling cattle