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The Trench

A Feature film by William Boyd

Produced by Blue PM

Release in France : 19/04/2000

    Synopsis

    1 July, 1916. The first day of the Battle of the Somme where 60,000 British soldiers were killed or wounded, most of them in the first two hours of battle. The bloodiest day in all of the British Army's history. "La Tranchée" tells the story of a group of thirty young soldiers in the two days following the first attack. Only the sergeant is a career officer. One of them, Billy MacFarlane, joined up to follow his brother. He's 17. For two days, these young, barely adult, men will be confronted by imminent death.

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    Production and distribution (3)

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    Subject

    The battle of the Somme remains one of Britain’s biggest collective traumas. My grandfather and great uncle fought and were wounded in France. This film tries to reconstruct the daily reality of the trench, and it deliberately confined to that space. My goal was to describe the life of all those volunteer infantrymen. Swept up in the innocent desire “to be part of it all,” this army of young enlisted men was decimated, wounded for life. The world had suddenly changed: innocence became bitterness, enthusiasm became ineradicable mourning.

    William Boyd, Director

    Photos (2)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producers :

    Jacques Perrin, Christophe Barratier

    Director of Photography :

    Tony Pierce-Roberts

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Eva Simonet

    Continuity supervisor :

    Liz West

    Costume designers :

    Lindy Hemming, David Crossman

    Co-producers :

    Jacques Perrin, Christophe Barratier

    Sound recordists :

    Chris Munro, Jonathan Bates

    Editor :

    Jim Clark

    Production Designer :

    Jim Clay

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    English

    Coproducer countries :

    Great Britain, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Great Britain, France)

    Production year :

    2000

    French release :

    19/04/2000

    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    96.354

    Visa issue date :

    27/04/2000

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Posters (1)

    Director