The Falklands War, 1982. In the heat of battle, a young British soldier, Mark, deserts his post, only to be captured by an injured Argentinian, Jose Francisco. Gradually though, the two men form an understanding friendship and trust, until the arrival of a unit of British Paras, who force Mark to choose between his patriotic duty or his conscience.
Writer/producer Lee Santana (below, left) and his director brother Dominic (below, right)are Danny Boon productions. They took Last Post all the way to a BAFTA nomination this year, only to be beaten by Tinge Krishman's superbShadowscan but it's still early days for this brutal, challenging movie. Shot on location in Wales and Buenos Aires for a solid 35 odd grand, the film's structure caused a certain amount of debate when it screened at the Kodak Short Film Showcase in Spring, but no one could comment on the professionalism of the piece. Ably adapted from a tricky true story, Lee told me that this servfed as a great learning experience for him but that, despite being rejected from many festivals, it has aroused the right sort of investment interest.
I couldn't agree more. It's very rare to be touched emotionally and thoroughly impressed professionally and creatively, all in 15 minutes, but I was.