The Long Way Home

Welcome to the website for The Long Way Home a feature length film by Jacob Lewis-Taylor a film student from Shropshire. Set during the last week of World War 1 the film 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 will be shot in Shropshire, West Midlands, Herefordshire and Staffordshire in England during the summer of 2018.

Using a fictional Shropshire Pals Regiment and set in the trenches around Ypres…(more to come). 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 nature of every moment.

NEWS!!! Filming for 2018 is confirmed. We will definitely be shooting the opening and closing scenes for the film this August. Scarily it’s only 12 weeks to go till our planned slot so the pressure is now on.

We will have loads more news for you in the coming weeks and months as we approach shooting and then screening.

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.


After several months we finally have a teaser trailer for the film…
<p><a href=”″>The Long Way Home Teaser Trailer</a> from <a href=””>The Long Way Home Film</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Work is moving on apace now to identify locations and set up suitable dates for filming… more very soon we hope.

 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)<p><a hr

Director Jake was ef=”″>The Long Way Home Teaser</a> from <a href=””>The Long Way Home Film</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>