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The Last Witness

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Synopsis

In post-war England, journalist Stephen Underwood is keen to prove his worth. Working for a local newspaper he spends his days covering weddings and funerals while always on the lookout for a story that will catapult him into the big league. When he comes across the suicide of a Polish soldier from a nearby Displaced Persons Camp his journalistic instincts kick in, sensing something isn’t quite right, and his first port of call is to question Colonel Janusz Pietrowski, a Liaison Officer for the re-settlement of Polish troops under British command. Their meeting leaves Stephen unsettled – something just doesn’t quite ring true.
Stephen’s lover is Jeanette Mitchell, a Junior Commander in the Auxiliary Territorial Service working under Captain John Underwood, Stephen’s brother. Trapped in a marriage of convenience with a military intelligence officer, she shares Stephen’s dream of escape. It is during one of their clandestine meetings that Stephen witnesses a confrontation between a local farmer and Michael Loboda, a new arrival at the Camp, during which Loboda lets slip that he is Russian... not Polish.
Sensing a twist, Stephen questions Loboda to find out why he is posing as a Polish refugee. Loboda reacts aggressively but tries to give nothing further away. Later, unbeknownst to Loboda, Stephen discovers he is hiding a small cash-box containing a blood stained diary...
From here, Stephen’s investigation escalates as he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous, multi-layered conspiracy concerning the execution of 22,000 Polish military and civilians by Stalin’s secret police.
This is a fictional re-imagining of a bloody, heart-breaking, true tale. One that has been covered up for far too long.

Details

Year
2018
Type of film
Features
Running Time
93 mins
Director
Piotr Szkopiak
Producer
Carol Harding
Co-Producer
Alex Pettyfer, Krzysztof Solek
Executive Producer
Grant Bradley, Laurence Brown, Steve Hodges, Maggie Monteith, Chris Reed
Editor
Jo Dixon
Screenwriter
Piotr Szkopiak, Paul Szambowski
Director of Photography
Edward Ames
Principal Cast
Alex Pettyfer, Talulah Riley, Michael Gambon, Robert Wieckiewicz

Genre

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Last updated 13th November 2017

Production Company

Vicarious Dreams Ltd
Hope House
Hope Farm
Edvin Loach
Bromyard
Herefordshire
HR7 4PW
http://www.vicariousdreams.com

Sales
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10 Coda Studios
189 Munster Road
London
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