Hacksaw Ridge to have world premiere at Venice Film Festival

Hacksaw Ridge to have world premiere at Venice Film Festival

Mel Gibson’s new film will premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, check out the details on the full page.


Ahead of the worldwide release in cinemas this November, Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE will have its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. The announcement overnight coincided with the release of the official trailer for the film which has been celebrated by news and entertainment sites around the world and garnered positive reactions, praise and even awards buzz.

Shot in various locations across New South Wales in 2015, HACKSAW RIDGE stars Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network, 99 Homes) and Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers, Into The Wild), joined by Australian actors Sam Worthington (Avatar, Everest), Luke Bracey (Home & Away, The Best of Me, upcoming Point Break), Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Holding The Man, TV’s Packed To The Rafters), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Knight of Cups) and Academy Award® nominee Rachel Griffiths (TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Six Feet Under, Hilary and Jackie).

Rounding out the supporting cast is an impressive mix of Australian and international talent, including Richard Roxburgh, Luke Pegler, Ben Mingay, Firass Dirani, Nico Cortez, Harry Greenwood, Milo Gibson and Nathaniel Buzolic. HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers.

Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour. HACKSAW RIDGE marks Gibson’s return to directing for the first time since the Academy Award® nominated Apocalypto. As an actor he gained international attention as the lead in the now classic Australian Mad Max films and went on to star in the hugely successful Lethal Weapon movies.

His other acting credits include Gallipoli, Ransom, Payback, We Were Soldiers, Signs, and The Patriot. Gibson first directed and starred as the lead in The Man Without A Face, swiftly followed by Braveheart, winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director. The next film he directed, The Passion of The Christ, earned three Academy Award® nominations. HACKSAW RIDGE will be released in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand on November 3rd 2016.


Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.