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William Boyd

The Trench

Edition 1999
98' - 1999 - War, Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: William Boyd Composer: Evelyn Glennie, Greg Malcangi With: Paul Nicholls, Daniel Craig, Julian Rhind-Tutt
Set in the 48 hours leading up to the catastrophic attack on the German lines on July 1st, 1916 that signalled the start of the Battle of the Somme, this is the poignant, intense story of young men at war, as seen through the eyes of seventeen year old Billy Macfarlane. As Billy and his squad are thrown into war, they experience trauma, friendship, animosity, nostalgic recollection and the prospect of their agonisingly short lives coming to an imminent and sudden end. As the boys wait for the attack, alternately excited and terrified, a series of events begins to undermine and fracture the solidarity of the group, and for the first time our young soldiers have to confront the reality of the enemy as the suspense and tension reaches critical mass.

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William Boyd


Evelyn Glennie, Greg Malcangi


Paul Nicholls, Daniel Craig, Julian Rhind-Tutt


William Boyd

Director of Photography

Tony Pierce-Roberts


Jim Clark, Laurence Méry-Clark


Steve Clark-Hall

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Countries of production

United Kingdom, France



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