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Tomorrow, When the War Began

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Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010)

Tomorrow, When the War Began is a 2010 Australian film directed by first-timer Stuart Bettie set in a rural Australian town. When several teenagers go camping in the woods shortly before the end of their summer vacation, they return home to find out that their nation has been conquered by a hostile enemy force. (The nation(s) are never named, even though the enemy soldiers in the film are clearly of Asian descent; instead, it is mentioned to be a coalition of Asian territories). The teens decide to hit back using guerrilla warfare. A possible twin film to Red Dawn, as the premise of both movies involves a group of teenagers fighting back against an invading army despite being rookies in combat.

The following weapons were used in the film Tomorrow, When the War Began:



The main weapon of the Coalition forces in Tomorrow, When the War Began is the AKM rifle, fitted with muzzle brakes. It is modified with a rail mount designed for various attachments (the only one used in the film is a tactical flashlight mounted underneath the forward grip). After her first encounter with Coalition troops, Ellie Linton (Caitlin Stasey) scavenges an AKM from a dead enemy soldier, which several of the group ends up using at one time or another. Although the more dominant military powers in the region use more advanced weaponry, such as the Chinese QBZ-95 assault rifle, many smaller nations including North Korea and Vietnam still use AK-variant rifles, which suggests that the occupying forces in this particular town come from one of these countries. Or a more simple explanation is that the AK rifles were easier for filmmakers to get a hold of.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
A member of the occupying forces stands on guard with an AKM.
Homer Yannos (Deniz Akdeniz) "locks and loads".
Homer takes down the spotlight on an enemy scout helicopter. A good shot results in the entire house being bombed to pieces by an Air Force jet. Note the (switched-off) flashlight on the rail mount.
Homer's fingers tighten around the trigger of the AKM.
"This is no time to get religious!" Ellie Linton (Caitlin Stasey) tries to encourage Robyn Mathers (Ashleigh Cummings), the "conscientious objector" of the group, to return fire at enemy troops.
Ellie goes berserk when she finds Chris Lang (Andy Ryan) asleep on guard duty.
"Do you know what the penalty is for falling asleep at your post is?" Ellie threatens Chris with execution for dereliction of duty.
An enemy officer discovers a hole in a barbed-wire fence.
An enemy soldiers takes aim at a fleeing tanker. The officer stops him before he wastes time and ammunition.
Robyn's friendship overtakes her religion.
Robyn goes Rambo with the AKM, mowing down four or five enemy soldiers despite firing from the hip at full automatic. Pretty impressive for a teenage girl.
Ellie tosses an AKM to Lee Takkam (Chris Pang).


Several AKMS rifles are seen at the end of the movie as part of a captured enemy weapons stockpile and carried by Fiona Maxwell (Phoebe Tonkin) (probably because of its light-weight compared to the full-sized AKM).

Custom AKMS with shortened barrel - 7.62x39mm
An AKMS lies in a supply crate.
Fiona Maxwell (Phoebe Tonkin), second from left, holds an AKMS with folded stock.

Winchester Model 70

A pair of Winchester Model 70 hunting rifles are taken on the camping trip. They make another appearance at the end during the guerrilla raid on the bridge and when the group shows off their armament.

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
A pair of Winchester Model 70 rifles, fitted with telescopic sights, lie crossed in the bottom right near the bonfire.
After a successful hunting expedition, Ellie Linton (Caitlin Stasey) and Homer Yannos (Deniz Akdeniz) have a discussion on love.
Homer's brief attempt at sniping is interrupted by rude enemy soldiers firing AKs.
Homer (second from left) and Chris Lang (Andrew Ryan) (far right) carry Winchester Model 70 rifles around their shoulders.

Just watched the movie. Both rifles brought camping were .22 rimfires. Looking at the detachable box magazine visible numerous times, they look to be variants of the Savage MkII. The rifles used later may be centerfire but the first two are not.

Ruger Mini-14

A Ruger Mini-14 rifle, probably family-owned, is briefly seen carried by Chris Lang (Andy Ryan) at the end.

Blued Ruger Mini-14 Standard Model Semiautomatic Rifle (Pre-2005) with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Chris Lang (Andy Ryan), far left, holds a Ruger Mini-14 rifle.

Machine Guns

Browning M1919

Old model Browning M1919A4 machine guns fitted with anti aircraft sights are mounted on the Military Buggies used by the Coalition, most notably in a wild chase with a guerrilla-commandeered front-load rubbish truck.

Early model Browning M1919A4 with slotted barrel jacket and bolt latch - .30-06
A Buggy armed with a Browning M1919A4 moves out on a Recon patrol.
A Buggy chases the group. In this shot, you can clearly identify it as an M1919A4.
An enemy soldier fires the M1919A4 in an over-the-shoulder shot.
The Buggy in hot pursuit.


Ithaca 37

The long barrel hunting version of the Ithaca 37 is carried by Homer Yannos (Deniz Akdeniz) at the end of the movie.

Ithaca 37 long barrel hunting version - 12 Gauge
Homer Yannos (Deniz Akdeniz), second from right, carries the hunting version of the Ithaca 37.


Heckler & Koch USP

An enemy Officer uses a Heckler & Koch USP to execute a rowdy Australian citizen.

Heckler & Koch USP - 9x19mm
An enemy officer shoots a rowdy Australian citizen with his USP.

Glock 17

Near the beginning, a police sergeant is briefly seen with a Glock 17 in his holster.

A Generation 3 Glock 17 - 9x19mm. Note the finger grooves, thumb reliefs, and accessory rail on the frame, which differentiate it from the older model.


Type 69 RPG

The Type 69 RPG, a Chinese copy of the Russian RPG-7, is carried by Lee Takkam (Chris Pang) at the end of the film.

Chinese Type 69 RPG - 40mm
Lee Takkam (Chris Pang) (centre) carries a Type 69 RPG around his back.


M26 Hand Grenade

Robyn Mathers (Ashleigh Cummings) can be seen with a bandolier of M26 Hand Grenades at the end of the film.

M26 HE Fragmentation Hand Grenade
Robyn Mathers (Ashleigh Cummings) slings on a belt of M26 Hand Grenades.

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