Schwarz brothers excited to release Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

The Schwarz family are well-known in Camden for their popular Schwarz Family Practice medical establishment in Elderslie - but not all of the Schwarz clan are doctors.

Michael and John Schwarz are film producers who are about to launch their brand new Vietnam War movie and locals will get a chance to see it before it the rest of the world.

The brothers, born and raised in Camden developed Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan through their production company Deeper Water Films.

Michael Schwarz told the Advertiser he was really proud of the finished product and couldn't wait for audiences to see it.

"My brother and I have been working on this since about 2012 or 2013 and our producing partner Martin Walsh has been working on it for 16 years," he said.

"It's a different kind of war film for Australia.

"We tend to make films that are about defeat, like at Gallipoli, but this was a massive, against-the-odds battle where we won.

"Americans make films like this all the time.

"Long Tan was this huge three and a half hour battle with 108 Australians against more than 2000 enemy soldiers - it's an incredible story."

The film follows Major Harry Smith and a company of young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers fighting for their lives on the titular rubber plantation.

They battle in harsh conditions - pouring rain, mud and shattered trees.

Mr Schwarz said one of the most important parts of getting a film off the ground was casting and all the pieces fell into place after the a few well-known actors signed on to star in Danger Close.

Once Vikings star Travis Fimmel was signed on to the film, he was soon followed by Luke Bracey (Hacksaw Ridge) and Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!).

"After we got Travis, Luke and Richard on board that really kicked everything off and we were then able to fill out the rest of the cast with other great actors that were right for their roles," he said.

"Travis is really popular, particularly with Australians, and so many people haven't had the chance to hear him use his own Australian accent."

Danger Close was filmed over eight weeks in Queensland last year.

Luke Bracey in Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan.

Luke Bracey in Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan.

Mr Schwarz said there was "no small way to tell this story" and he was thankful for the support of financial backers, including Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, who made the $25 million budget possible.

"I've always been attracted to military stories," he said.

"My brother and I produced a series for Foxtel in 2014 called Deadline Gallipoli, which was in that same genre.

"This is another Australian war story, told about us, by us.

"It's a good feeling to be able to get that up on the big screen."

Mr Schwarz said he had been pleased with the response from people who had seen the film already - including veterans of the Battle of Long Tan.

The film will be released Australia-wide on August 8.

Locals have a chance to catch the film before anyone else at an advanced charity screening at Event Cinemas Macarthur Square on Sunday, June 30.

Tickets to the 10.30am screening are $30 and will benefit the African AIDS Foundation.

"My parents set up the African AIDS Foundation and John and I thought this was a good opportunity to give something back to the community and celebrate our film at the same time," Mr Schwarz said.

Grab your tickets at or call 4658 0580.