Russell Crowe has turned down many opportunities in his film career. He was offered the role of Wolverine in 'X-Men', Aragon in the 'The Lord of the Rings' Trilogy and the male lead in 'About A Boy' all for a variety of reasons. When it came to The Water Diviner, Crowe knew he had an opportunity to showcase his talent for directing for the first time and to tell a story that was unique about Gallipoli.
The Water Diviner tells the story of the only Australian father who returned to Gallipoli to search for his three sons missing, presumed dead.His journey will see him discover the horrors of war as well as the humanity of the Turkish people it effected. Unlike Peter Weir's landmark film Gallipoli, The Water Diviner's focus is on the relationship between the Turkish and Australian people.