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Vive la France

Category:
Short
Format:
HD
Year:
2009

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About this film

My first professional short feature film as writer/director, VIVE LA FRANCE was made with a cast and crew of forty people over a weekend in March and cost 6500 to make.August, 1944. France has been occupied by Germany, but its people still resist. Believing that it has been harbouring resistance fighters, German soldiers have stormed a village deep in the heart of a French forest, killing all of the adults. They take the children into the woods, to where their commanding officer awaits them. In a place of quiet seclusion the Commander plans to prepare the children for a life in the future Empire of Germania. He will eradicate all trace of resistance from these children by way of an horrific test, but the soldiers suspect that their superior officer has an ulterior motive. No one, however, counts on a child's love for his siblings, and how one supreme act of defiance, sacrifice and love, will unravel everything...

Cast

Commander
Alan Medcroft

Werner
Jerome Aarts

Older Brother
Nic Sims

Younger Brother
Joshua Manfield

Younger Sister
Angharad Davies

Village Child
Siwan Reynolds

Village Child
Alexa Lazarou

Village Child
Ben Thorne

Village Child
Ellen Leach-Hutchings

Village Child
Ellis Forte

Village Child
Rhodri Lewis

Village Child
Florence Robinson

Soldier
Anthony Turner

Soldier
Justin Cliffe

Soldier
Antonio Rimola

Soldier

Crew

Editor

Director of Photography

Boom Operator
Ryan Owen

Associate Producer

Camera Assistant

Producer
Matt Brown

Producer
Nathan Raikes

Camera Assistant
Nicolas Booth

Make-up designer
Jo-Lee Davies

Make-up Assistant
Leah Crystal-John

Make-up Assistant
Natasha Stockham

Sound Recordist and Designer
Michael O'Connor

First Assistant Director

Grip
Sy Turner

Key Grip
Mark Davies

Editor
Gareth Sturgess

Costume Supervisor
Lisa Parker-Jones

Director, Writer, Producer

Music

Producer

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Comments

  • Nandor Otvos
    4 years ago
    Geez, Luke, this hit me hard, I tell you that. After the film had ended, I froze for a moment. Great story, good camera work and I liked the fact it was black and white to reinforce reality.

    I want to, however, pick up on one small thing, the accents - it feels a bit out of line because of the non-realistic German accent. I mean it's not at all disturbing if you don't know the language, but if you do have a little knowledge of it, it makes you feel out of place. Once again, it ain't a big deal, but I would've allowed more time for my actors to master the language and spend more time with a dialect coach. It's just an advice for your upcoming feature.
  • Luke Andrews (Filmmaker!)
    4 years ago
    For those wishing to leave feedback who are not members of shooting people, please check out my newly created facebook group page, 'Vive la France - A Scratched Print Production':

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=116133581730718

    Or simply email me:
    alukeandrewsfilm@yahoo.co.uk

    Your feedback will be greatly appreciated, and may serve to influence the feature film screenplay of this short (which is currently in development), which sees a German soldier fighting for the French Resistance after witnessing an horrific war crime (the subject of this short film).

    Many thanks in advance.
  • Luke Andrews (Filmmaker!)
    4 years ago
    Apologies for the temporary removal, I've now uploaded a higher quality version of the film that should run a lot smoother. Enjoy!
  • Luke Andrews (Filmmaker!)
    4 years ago
    Thank you for the positive feedback Claudette! Of course, your parents' observations would be correct (as I'm sure they would know more than me as they lived it), but at the beginning of the shoot I purposefully asked the actors playing the soldiers to muddy themselves up as they needed to present themselves as if they had just come from a skirmish/battle (as had just taken place prior to the film beginning). The only character I wanted to keep clean was the Commander, as I wanted to portray him as the type of person who would prefer others to get their hands dirty.

    I feel I'm more than ready to develop a feature of this (as I am currently doing at the moment), but I feel I would require more filmmaking experience before tackling the subject matter with the respect that it deserves, and that is what I am seeking at the moment when I am able to, outside of my fulltime job.

    I'm glad that you were gripped by the film!
  • Claudette FLINT
    4 years ago
    I gave it a good mark because it kept me glue to the screen. Technically, I could be wrong but I doubt very much the German army would look a little tatty. My parents told me that they always looked as if coming out of the dry cleaning. As for the Aaran jumpers of the kids, I don't think it was on in those days but I could be wrong. You are right, all the German soldiers were not "bad" but those who had the SS on the collar were! Otherwise they would not have been in that section. Again my parents said that if a German soldier showed friendlyness to the locals, he would be sent to the Russian front after a warning.
    I found the camera work very professional and the atmosphere intense. I think you are ready for the feature but I hope you have a strong stomach, shoulders or heart for that world!

    One bad thing: I had to click all the time to keep the film going. Shoothing People should do something about it!!
  • Luke Andrews (Filmmaker!)
    4 years ago
    Please rate this film, and if you're not a member, please feel free to leave feedback on our facebook page 'Vive la France - A Scratched Print Production':

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=116133581730718&ref=mf


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