Welcome to the website for The Long Way Home a feature film by Jacob Lewis-Taylor from Bridgnorth in Shropshire. Set during the last week of World War 1 the movie follows 3 men bogged down in the trenches as they struggle with the trauma of war and hopes for the end of hostilities. The film was shot in a specially built trench in a studio near Portsmouth and more was shot in Shropshire, West Midlands and Staffordshire in England during the summer of 2018.
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Using a fictional Shropshire Pals Regiment and set in the trenches around Ypres the film reflects on the pressures on both officers and men, following their journey over the last week of the war. With Soldiers, officers, sappers and a captured German soldier who forms an unlikely bond with one of the young British soldiers the trench is a crowded place and stresses are all too apparent after years on the front. The constant threat of ‘going over the top’ on top of the ever present enemy lines only yards away heightens the life or death crisis faced by the men.
The History of the film.
After participating in an award nominated British Film Institute project 2 years ago that told the story of Prees Heath Training Base in Shropshire Jake decided that he wanted to move on with the story and follow some characters into the trenches and so The Long Way Home was born.
As the Great War draws to a close, Captain John Hemmingway and his small company are trapped in the trenches of the western front. After a horrific gas attack leaves the men stranded and beaten, the last days of war become a fight for survival in a desperate attempt to live through the conflict, as the mental strains of battle begin to take their toll.
The film was conceived by Jake and with contributions from Jack Coleman the 2 friends from Bridgnorth in Shropshire wanted to represent the sacrifices of the counties men in WW1. Written and directed by Jake, a second year film student at the prestigious and internationally renowned University of Westminster Film School, although this project is independent of his studies. The film focusses on local talent and offers opportunities for local people to gain experience and knowledge.
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I enjoyed it .He he did a great job for £1000. These things aren’t easy, give the makers my congrats and good luck. Phil Davis (Actor – Poldark, Whitechappel) (speaking about the proof of concept for the film shot in 2016)
Director Jake was ef=”https://vimeo.com/180834382″>The Long Way Home Teaser</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/thelongwayhomefilm”>The Long Way Home Film</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>