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) .
Escaped from Hell but the Nightmare was Just Beginning.
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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
The Fascists killed my family.
I'm trying to get back to mine.