2008, 55 Minutes
Follow the world’s top shipwreck hunter, David Mearns, as he makes history by finding the HMAS Sydney II, solving one of Australia’s most tragic and enduring mysteries.
The Hunt for HMAS Sydney gives an eyewitness account of the quest to find the Sydney and its crew of 645 sailors, ending 66 years of speculation and anguish. It follows an unprecedented multi-million dollar search and reveals its extraordinary history: a deadly World War II encounter on the high seas, a secret code hidden inside a dictionary and a mysterious body found in an island grave.
The film includes the history of the Sydney and the German raider Kormoran, interviews with bereaved family members, naval personnel, historians, and those who have made the search happen with their dogged determination to bring closure, showing the potent and powerful impact of post-traumatic stress that results from wartime tragedy.
And using animated sequences, The Hunt for HMAS Sydney recreates the battle that cost hundreds of lives and the pride of the Royal Australian Navy.
A Film Australia/Electric Pictures Production. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Electric Pictures and ScreenWest.
Directors: Mathew Kelley, Rob McAuley (Supervising Director)
Running Time: 55 Minutes
Curriculum Links: Australian Naval History; Australian history - Australian Curriculum Year 10, World War II (1939-1945) 'The experiences of Australians during World War II'; NSW History Stage 5, Topic 4 'Australia and World War II - What were some of the experiences of Australians as a result of their involvement in the war?'; Counselling; Loss and Grief Studies; Pyschology; Health and Human Development.