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WWII : The Long Road Home (2019)

| Adventure, Drama, War | 2019 (UK)
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Inspired by teenage director Elliott Hasler's own great-grandfather's experiences in WWII; an escaped British POW's epic battle for survival whilst on the run in war-torn Italy, as his wife and young son anxiously await news in England.


Elliott Hasler


Elliott Hasler (screenplay), Elliott Hasler





Cast overview:
Elliott Hasler ... Charlie Standing
Alice Rogers Alice Rogers ... Ivy 'Tup' Standing
David Aitchison David Aitchison ... Andrew Grimes
Matthew Wyn Davies ... Lieutenant Wilkinson
Luigi Patti del Pirano li Castri Luigi Patti del Pirano li Castri ... Aldo
Megan Heffernan ... Dolly
Owen Oldroyd Owen Oldroyd ... Sergeant Milton
Pete Walsh Pete Walsh ... Michael Romero
Mike Skinner Mike Skinner ... Captain Thompson
David Hasler David Hasler ... Giovanni


Inspired by director Elliott Hasler's great-grandfather's own experiences, 'WWII - The Long Road Home' depicts an escaped British POW's epic battle for survival whilst on the run in war-torn Italy, as his wife and young son anxiously await news in England. Completed when Hasler was just sixteen years old, this impressive debut was shot across five countries and spent three years in production, seeing Hasler lauded as "the next Spielberg" upon its release (Culture Trip) . Written by Relsah Productons

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Escaped from Hell but the Nightmare was Just Beginning.


Adventure | Drama | War


Did You Know?


For the waterfall scene, Elliott Hasler actually drank water from the pool at bottom, to add "greater realism" to the scene. A decision he later regretted as it left him vomiting all night, made worse by the fact that he had to leave at 6:00am the next morning to shoot the cave scenes with French actor Franck Dhumes, who was only available for filming on that day. To reach the remote mountain top location, Hasler had to undertake a 4km hike on a cold February morning with no food or water inside him, and still feeling ill from drinking the water. Hasler has later said how the experience led him to appreciate greater the sort of suffering his great-grandfather would have experienced and stated: "it was the closest I've ever come to method acting!". See more »


Aldo: The Fascists killed my family.
Charlie Standing: I'm trying to get back to mine.
Aldo: [in Italian] Buona fortuna.
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17 August 2017 | by grantybazSee all my reviews

An absolutely amazing film production with a compelling WW2 story that is deserving of a far wider audience. I was kept on the edge of my seat for the full feature and at the end left wanting more from this newly turned 17 year old film maker who clearly has a unique talent and a great future ahead of him.Some of the outstanding camera work and effects was made even more impressive to me since Elliott only used a fairly standard camera and iPhone to produce this film.I look forward to your next film but only after you've passed your A Levels!Good luck!

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2019 (UK) See more »

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Charlie's Letters See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »

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