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Filming starts on Wolverhampton story of WWI deserters

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

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WOLVERHAMPTON'S' Central Youth Theatre this week began filming on location their story of World War One soldiers who were shot at dawn for either cowardice or desertion.

At the start of the year former Youth Theatre member Laura Sambrooks came up with the idea and after months of research and writing the film script After Dawn was born.

The drama documentary story will help young people understand the First World War better by uncovering the stories of not only the soldiers executed for desertion and cowardice but also the impact this had their families and those in the firing squads carrying out their duties.

Filming started on Monday and the group used a variety of locations, including WW1 trenches at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum in Whittington, Lichfield.

Director Jane Ward said: "One of the many challenges we are facing with this project is taking our own mud over to Lichfield to make the museum trenches seem more realistic.

"It is a very exciting project for the young actors involved going out on location trying to create experiences that are as historically accurate as we can make them!"

The film is being shot by professional Birmingham-based film maker Sima Gonsai, who has worked with the youth theatre on several other historical films such as the Supreme Sunbeam and the Everybody Now project which uncovered the history of Wolverhampton's Dance Halls

Besides using the trenches in Lichfield the actors will also be filming in the Willenhall Lock Museum and at Bantock House.

The film will receive its public premiere at the Black Country Living Museum on Saturday, August 30. The film will also be made available to schools as a DVD resource.

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