Jake Elcock is a film production student at The University of Westminster Film School and is in the early stages of producing a feature film set in the trenches of The Somme. He has shot a proof of concept film this summer at the Oswestry Trench Experience and aims to shoot the full film next year.

Jake is Shropshire born and bred and says the film will be a personal and intimate portrayal of the experiences of just a few men from Shropshire who join a ‘Pals’ regiment and find themselves at the Front. The vast majority of the film will be set in the claustrophobic location of the trench, with only a couple of scenes to represent the scale of the front.

He is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to finance the making of the film and hopes to raise their target amount of £16,000. He says “I have a great team of cast and crew and we are fighting hard to get more people on board and to raise the money”.

You can read all about the film on his website at www.thelongwayhomefilm.com where there is a blog to keep interested parties up to date with its progress. The short proof film is also available to watch on the front page.

soldiers in trench