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101 Films: "WWII: THE LONG ROAD HOME" [DVD]


Based on a true story about his great grandfather's experience as a prisoner of war, the UK's youngest filmmaker, Elliot Hassler, tells an epic tale of survival. Pieced together from his family's aural history and kept alive over generations, comes the tale of Charlie, an ordinary man overcoming extraordinary circumstances. Completed when Hasler was just sixteen years old, this impressive debut was shot across five countries and spent three years in production. Learn more about Elliott's journey to commit his family's history to film in this new featurette.

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.


Elliot Hasler is the UK's youngest director, having completed his first feature, 'Charlie's Letters (WWII: THE LONG ROAD HOME'), aged 16 after a three year production. 'Charlie's Letters,' screened at the Edinburgh Festival and was shown on the Brighton Big Screen alongside 'T2 Trainspotting' and 'La La Land,' received critical acclaim and was lauded by critics as a "miracle," with Culture Trip's Graham Fuller citing Hasler as "the next Spielberg".

His latest film is the short, 'To Hunt a Tiger,' which stars John Locked (Darkest Hour, The Favourite) and was shot in Sri Lanka, following in the footsteps of David Lean's 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'.

Halser is currently in development on his second feature, 'Vindication Swim,' about the first English woman to swim the Channel.

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