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Film Fest Gent - War of the Worlds (episode 1 & 2)
Archived: War of the Worlds (episode 1 & 2) (2019)

director: Gilles Coulier, Richard Clark

composer: David Martijn, Sonhouse
With: Gabriel Byrne, Léa Drucker, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Bayo Gbadamosi, a.o.

duration: 100 minutes
Drama, Science Fiction

Serial Madness

When astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy, it is definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The world's population waits for further contact with bated breath. They do not have to wait long. Within days, mankind is all but wiped out by a devastating attack; pockets of humanity are left in an eerily deserted world.
As aliens hunt and kill those left alive, the survivors ask a burning question - who are these attackers and why are they hell-bent on our destruction? Emotional, cinematic and rooted in character, it is a unique marriage of human drama and the best science fiction.

This is a story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances - but they are more than just victims in a brutal war. For, as we will come to realize, the aliens' savage attack on earth is not arbitrary: its seeds are being sown before our very eyes.

Set in present-day Europe, War of the Worlds is a multi-faceted series, written and created by the BAFTA award winner Howard Overman (Misfits, Crazyhead, Merlin) based on the timeless story by H.G. Wells. It is being Executive Produced by Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy, and Howard Overman through their company, Urban Myth Films assisted by the Belgian production company De Wereldvrede and the French Caroline Productions for the continental part. Gilles Coulier (De Dag, Cargo), who runs De Wereldvrede with actor Gilles De Schryver and Wouter Sap, directed the first 4 episodes. Antwerp based David Williamson is director of photography, David Martin (Goose, De Dag) responsible for the music. In Flanders, War of the Worlds will be aired immediately after the international release on FOX, after which the series will be added to Telenet Play.

This screening is free, but reservation of a ticket is still required!


director: Gilles Coulier, Richard Clark
composer: David Martijn, Sonhouse
producer: Gareth Williams
screenplay: Howard Overman based on the novel by H.G. Wells
Editor: David Blackmore, Bert Jacobs, Sarah Brewerton
Cinematography: David Williamson & Anton Mertens

production company: Urban Myth Films, De Wereldvrede, Caroline Productions

More info

dialogue: English, French
subtitles: Dutch subt.
Country: United Kingdom - Belgium
year: 2019


GILLES COULIER: Iceland (2010, short), Paroles (2010, short), Mont Blanc (2013, short), Bevergem (2015, TV), Cargo (2017), De Dag (2018, TV), War of the Worlds (2019, TV)

RICHARD CLARK: The Sunny Side of the Street (1997, short), Hungry (2000, short), One Eyed Jacques (2001, short), Silent Witness (2013, TV), The Musketeers (2014, TV), The Crimson Field (2014, TV), Outlander (2015, TV), Midwinter of the Spirit (2015, TV), Innocent (2018, TV), Versailles (2018, TV), War of the Worlds (2019, TV).

Technical Specs

format: DCP


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