Hounded by the echoes of his experiences, a disillusioned World War II airman returns home, searching for peace of mind. A musical phrase resonates above it all.
'Wings For Victory' is a short World War II tale told through the eyes of a RAF airman. Having suffered trauma and injury he returns home, disillusioned by the war effort, searching for answers and peace of mind. He falters as he is reminded of all he has lost and the future he will never have, but there is hope in the talents of a young pianist.
The stories of the Second World War I feel are always worth telling. There are so many incredible accounts of endurance and bravery from those who served in the armed forces. As the events slide further into history and we begin to lose valuable first-hand accounts, we also begin to lose our personal connection to those people and their actions. They become simply events in a timeline, unimaginable and sometimes unrelatable feats of courage.
I made this film, not only to convey what those actions meant to me, but in an attempt to personalise the daunting notion of fighting for king and country. The film’s construct focuses less on a specific narrative than on an emotional experience, presenting a cinematic tribute to the theme of sacrifice in wartime.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
The most crucial aspect of this film is the music. It is the centrepiece of the film’s story. Much discussion was had about the style of the piano piece and the tone, as it would be the jumping off point for everything else. We listened to popular wartime music, soundtracks and classical composers before settling on a style.
When it came to choosing the cinemagraphic elements we would use to tell the story, we embraced an old-fashioned style of filmmaking. Although shot on a digital format we wanted the film to have a nostalgic feel, a homage to British wartime pictures.
Research was key when it came to writing and designing the film. Although the scenario itself was fictitious, the idea was born from real life accounts and family stories. Every detail of the film’s production and costume design was thoroughly researched to ensure as much authenticity as possible, which gave the story an added level of believability.
The uniforms were found and the design of the pianist’s dress were put together very early on in the process, before even a costume designer was brought on board to complete the overall look. This gave the principal actors a way into their characters and led to the development of their emotions, surpassing what was originally written.
At our private screening we invited members of the audience to share their comments in a book, these are some of the things they wrote.
“A great production, the score was exceptional”.
“I was blown away from the second it started, I loved every second”.
“A great film, about a very important subject”.
“Impressive cinematography and loved the story.”
“Wish it could have been longer”.
“An amazing story, I was drawn in from the first shot”.
“Beautifully filmed, really caught the era of the war years.”
“Who knew so much emotion could be packed into 12 minutes.”