In our upcoming drama Battle Lines, a Deaf man looks for acceptance in his local community when he is prevented from serving in the war. The film is on TV and online from Monday 10th November, and here, producer Justin Edgar tells us more about making the film.
When were you first told the idea for the film, and what did you think?
I thought it was a fascinating part of history which I had never heard of before. It think we have a responsibility as deaf film makers to repaint history from our perspective.
It's something I’ve done in other work at 104 Films such as The Hunger House which was about the experience of disabled people at the hands of the Nazis.
I did think it was a tremendous challenge as a producer though because of the scale of the production – we have crowd scenes, costumes, a huge cast and even a CGI zeppelin, but the best and most satisfying projects are always the ones that are most challenging and we had a great crew who really pulled it together and made it work.
What was it like working with Julian Peedle-Calloo (the director)?
Working with Julian was really nice, I have worked with some directors who are not so easy to work with before!
What Julian has in abundance is a knowledge and enthusiasm for his film, he knows exactly what he wants and I always enjoyed the creative collaborations we before shooting and on set.
He is really an actor's director and its a pleasure to watch him coaxing performances out of the actors, some of whom had never even been on a film set before. I like those sort of directors who really come to life on set, it's like watching a performance in itself!
How did filming go?
We had five days to shoot the film so it was tough but we managed to keep the whole thing on budget and on schedule.
All films feel like a juggernaut and when you’ve got them rolling they don’t slow down until the final shot! This one was a juggernaut at speed because of the scale of the production.
How do you feel about the final film?
I actually just watched it again the Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival where we are up for three awards (find out more here). It's a great achievement and looks fantastic.
I think Julian has crafted a film which deaf and hearing audiences alike will find extraordinarily engaging and I can’t wait until its screened on TV, that's when we’ll get our real feedback!
Watch the behind the scenes film for Battle Lines here: https://www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/battle-lines-behind-scenes/