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On the first day of the Battle of the Somme the Welsh were at Beaumont Hamel fighting alongside the Newfoundlanders. This short film follows the last moments of three soldiers all from different backgrounds, and what they decide to write home in what could become their final letters.
Letters Home, written by Jaye Swift, initially started its life as a short play in 2012 at Pontardawe ScriptSlam and went on to win the audience award. Jaye adapted it to a screenplay which reached the semi-finals of the London Underwire Festival, and was chosen for a rehearsed reading at the London Screenwriters Festival.
In the spring of 2014 Jaye, along with co-producer Oli Curry decided to bring the film to life by producing it themselves. Two of the actors in Letters Home – James Scannell (the Corporal) and Douglas Gray (Seth Jones), have performed in many of the ScriptSlam plays performed at the Pondardawe Art Center. James Scannell starred in the original performance of Letters Home.
Read more about the making of Letters Home at: www.lettershome.org
Letter Home is an award winning short film created by Barry War Museum member Jacqueline Swift. The film focuses on three Wales Borderer's who, whilst waiting to go over the top on the first day of the Somme, write what could be their final letters home.
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