'14 - Diaries of the Great War' television series explores contemporary writings of those who lived through the conflict

Posted on centenarynews.com on 06 July 2013
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LOOKSFilm is developing a television series about the First World War, based on contemporary writings including diaries, postcards and telgrams.

The German production company said that with "the centenary of the outbreak of World War I fast approaching, this is not the time for yet another film about battles fought and governments toppled, but for a new approach to historical documentary".

"14 – Diaries of the Great War will retell the story of the greatest war mankind had ever seen in a unique way. It will let viewers experience World War One solely through the eyes of those who lived it".

An international team of authors and researchers have examined over 1,000 writings from the period from around the world.

"Our philosophy is simple. 14 – Diaries of the Great War is based entirely on these personal documents woven into one compelling story arc".

"What was it like, as a French child, to read in history class about the Hunnish invasion of Europe, and then step outside to see German battalions march through your home town? What was it like, as a British lady, to abandon a comfortable life and volunteer as a war nurse, to comfort dying soldiers far from home? What was it like to be a German soldier, covered in mud – and the blood of your comrades – cowering in a trench, before an enemy you had never seen?".

To watch a promotional advert for 14 - Diaries of the Great War, click here.

Images courtesy of the Looks Film & TV Production website

Source: Looks Film & TV Production website

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News