Rachel Griffiths on Hacksaw Ridge film role: ‘He beat me and he drank’

In this interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian actor Rachel Griffiths discusses why the tension between Doss’ parents early in the film is essential to completely convey the message. She says, “It’s not a big role but it’s important to set up that it’s the mother that creates the moral point of view for the boy. We had to establish that then our scenes [as a married couple] really show that generational trauma that war will leave.” Photo credit: Nic Walker.

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  1. The trauma thrust upon a warrior in war will always be carried after war. Families of those returned find a different person to that which left them. Domestic violence was one of those legacies which was delivered so well by Rachel Griffiths portrayal as Desmond’s mother in the movie.

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