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Breaker Morant

» Brian Bailey

ISBN 978-1-86478-052-9

The smartstudy® English guide to Breaker Morant is an in-depth aid to understanding Bruce Beresford’s award-winning film set in 1901 during the Boer War. Breaker Morant tells the true story of three Australian soldiers court-martialled for the murder of several prisoners. The film is both a courtroom drama and an exploration of the way conventional morality is abandoned in times of war.

Key Features:

  • notes about the author/director/poet/playwright
  • an overview of the historical and cultural context
  • chapter/scene/story summaries
  • character profiles
  • analysis of themes and genres
  • critical perspectives of the text
  • key quotations
  • focus questions in each section
  • marginal notes explaining key passages, ideas, terms and characters
  • a guide to planning and writing an essay
  • tips on how to use examination time efficiently
  • a sample essay with annotations
  • further exam-style essay questions
  • a bibliography and further reading section


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