A love story set in WW1 France
An unexpected love story set in WW1 France between a young Australian baker who has deserted the front line, and a grieving French woman, who puts her own life at risk by sheltering him from the authorities.
Harry Lambert (Dan Spielman) is a shy and gentle baker, shamed by his rural Australian town into joining the AIF. He works baking bread behind the lines on the Western Front, amongst men who even the army brass can see are unfit for fighting.
When the bakers are thrown into the front line, Harry realises he cannot face death before he has known love and walks from the battlefield. In countryside swarming with gendarmes and military police on the look out for deserters, Harry barely avoids captures when Colombe Jacotot (Marie Bunel) takes pity on him.
Colombe is a silent farm-wife, bowed by hard work and tragedy. Within her bare cottage, Harry and Colombe discover a love that is as powerful as it is unexpected. Through Colombe Harry learns true courage. Through Harry Colombe discovers a beauty in life that she thought was gone.
Colombe’s grieving neighbour Isabelle (Julia Zemiro), and Foster (Bryan Brown), the advocate at Harry’s court martial, underestimate the transformation wrought when two people find passion, in all its joy and hurt, when they thought love had passed them by.
- Almost 1000, British, French and Commonwealth troops were executed for desertion or cowardice during WW1, some as young as 14.
Developed with the assistance of ABC TV and ScreenWest.
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Rachel Ward is back in France and to French-speaking audiences. Internationally known for her great character in the TV series Thornbirds, the film director, actress and producer directed An Accidental Soldier (Soldat malgré lui), a well-made Australian-French movie set during the First World War.
Ward directed the film in Western Australia near Perth in French and English. Rachel agreed to answer questions about her artistic, personal and intellectual life, speaking to Marc Jérusalmi, our correspondent in Australia and France, through Chinese portrait.
- An Accidental Soldier - Australian Premiere
September 10th, 2013
Sunday 15 September, 8.30pm on ABC1
Tune in this Sunday night to view the Australian Premiere of the latest production by Goalpost Taylor- An Accidental Soldier.
Directed by Rachel Ward (Beautiful Kate) and featuring an international all star cast including French actress Marie Bunel, Dan Spielman (Offspring, Darwin’s Brave New World), Bryan Brown (The Good Wife, Breaker Morant) and Julia Zemiro (Lowdown, Conspiracy 365). An Accidental Soldier tells the tale of an unexpected love story set in WW1 France between a young Australian baker who has deserted the front line, and a grieving French woman, who puts her own life at risk by sheltering him from the authorities.
- An Accidental Soldier
February 21st, 2013
An Accidental Soldier is based on the book Silent Parts by John Charalambous. It follows the wartime story of a baker in the ANZAC service corps who makes an extroadinary decision and finds an unexpected love.
Director Rachel Ward (The Straits, Rake, My Place and Beautiful Kate) has assembled a stellar international cast. French actress Marie Bunel stars alongside Dan Speilman (Offspring, Darwin’s Brave New World). Supporting actors include Australian film and television legend Bryan Brown (The Good Wife, Breaker Morant) and Julia Zemiro (Lowdown and Cinspiracy 365).
Producer’s Sue Taylor from Taylor Media Pty Ltd and Kylie du Fresne from Goalpost Pictures have joined together to develop this telemovie, filmed entirely in Western Australia, with an outstanding cast and crew on a project that will screen in primetime for the ABC.
“’I COULD not look on Death, which being known, / Men led me to him, blindfold and alone," wrote Rudyard Kipling. The words are inscribed on a steel plaque on a monument five miles from Ypres in the village of Poperinge. It’s dedicated to dead soldiers from the so-called Great War executed by their own side for refusing to fight, or who fled the horrors of the front.” Weekend Australian - Review
September 15th, 2013
- Weekend Australian - Magazine
“Rachel Ward Calling the Shots” Weekend Australian - Magazine
September 14th, 2013
- TV Tonight
“Whatever else you derive from watching An Accidental Soldier, one thing is clear: you won’t see anything else like this on Australian television.” TV Tonight
September 12th, 2013
- Herald Sun, Melbourne
“The Dream Team : Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown join forces for a new telemovie - An Accidental Soldier” Herald Sun, Melbourne
September 11th, 2013
- ABC - South West WA
“Director and actor Rachel Ward talks about film making, about An Accidental Soldier for ABC TV and about Bryan.” ABC - South West WA
September 10th, 2013
- Sydney Morning Herald
“One distinction between life in modern Australia and say, 100 years ago, is that today ignorance is a choice.” Sydney Morning Herald
September 9th, 2013
- The West Australian
“"The whole question of why you might desert, why you might run away and what for - to salvage what and to run to what is a really interesting question" as noted by Dan Spielman (Offspring and The Secret Life of Us) who plays the role of a gentle-natured baker, Harry Lambert, who is shamed by his local town into enlisting.” The West Australian
September 9th, 2013