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Ballarat veteran's Long Tan story retold in movie

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It's not everyday you get to see someone playing yourself in a movie.

Retired Major and long-time Buninyiong RSL member Bill Akell got the chance last month when 'Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan' premiered in Queensland.

The feature-length film hits Ballarat cinemas this week.  

We caught up with the veteran about what it was like to be part of a small team facing 2500 enemy soldiers - and what they did when the ammo ran out... 


Toby Blome (image NIDA) plays a 19-year-old Private Bill Akell 

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Ballarat actor Aaron Glenane takes on the role of Captain Morrie Stanley, Central Victorian-born actor Travis Fimmel plays Major Harry Smith and Richard Roxburgh is Brigadier David Jackson.

Check out the trailer for 'Danger Close'... 

And here's a sneak peak behind the scenes..

This damaged photo shows Jack Kirby, Geoff Kendall and Bill Akell  (right).

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If you want to see 'Danger Close' in Ballarat, here are the session times... 



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Cast and crew of Danger Close in July 2019 with Bill Akers (far right).


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Bill with the actor who played him, Toby Bome 

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Bill and wife Carol on the red carpet in Queensland last month.

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Bill with actor Luke Bracey 

Images: W Akell