Interview with Neil Davis for In the eye of a storm - Sydney Film 2 Tk 5

Accession Number F10572
Collection type Film
Measurement 6 min 14 sec
Object type Interview
Physical description 16mm/colour (Eastman)/sound
Maker Davis, Neil Brian
Bradbury, David
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1978
Access Open
Conflict Period 1970-1979
Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent on being thousands of time in combat; on occasions close enough to hear the taunts of the Viet Cong or North Vietnamese soldiers; swearing exchanges between the tow opposing sides could be funny; how he drove to the war in his Mercedes car in Cambodia; the difference between the fighting in Cambodia which was for control of the major highways to South Vietnam was off the road in the fields; say in Cambodia 'take any road' because one could find action along any of those seven highways; during his time in Indo China there were over thirty journalists or cameramen killed in Cambodia and fifty to sixty in South Vietnam; Davis new most of them and counted twenty to thirty as close friends; how close relationships develop with other correspondents and soldiers after sharing the ultimate experience of putting your life on the line by being in combat; Davis names some of his close friends who were killed, Japanese photographer Kyoichi Sawada 1966 Pulitzer Prize winner killed in Cambodia on 28 October 1970 ; Life magazine photographer Larry Burrows and Ken Potter of UPI killed in Laos when their helicopter was shot down on 10 February 1971; one of Davis' closest friends the Korean Joe Lee; Davis went out with Lee more than any one else; how Lee lost his leg and kept filming when his soundman triggered a mine in Thailand; Davis hospitalised six times; how either he or Lee were constantly casualties during a two year period; beings to tell the instant where fate saved his life early in 1964 during the first big action of the war; camera runs out of film interview ends.

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