How It Happened Here Paperback – 7 Mar 2007
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How It Happened Here tells the story of the making of a film and the subsequent reception that the film received and the controversy and alarm that it stirred up when it was first released. The film-makers were two teenagers (18 and 16) and they started out with no budget and a borrowed 16 mm camera. The project took 8 years to complete. Part of the book is a humorous and detailed account of how the boys overcame all the practical and financial hurdles of amateur film making and saw the project through to completion and national release. This in itself would qualify the book as a thoroughly entertaining read and a sound basis for a course in film making or media studies of any kind. But this was no ordinary film. Kevin and his co-director Andrew Mollo took as their theme the "what if?" idea of a conquered and occupied England, after a hypothetical defeat and invasion following the Dunkirk retreat.
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I did think that this book was a bit lightweight, given the complexity of the project, and the contentious nature of the subject matter, but there are plenty of useful photographs, so all in all, it is a good read, especially if you already know the film; if not, it should prove a good incentive to see the film, which is a very creditworthy effort for two young men of such tender years, especially given the period in which it was made.
I consumed this book in the space of one long train journey. By the time I had finished it
1) I really wanted to meet Kevin Brownlow because of the stories he probably missed out of HIHH
2) I knew vastly more about film-making than I did before I started the book.
Kevin Brownlow comes across as one of Nature's gentlemen: the story he tells is principled; unassuming; generous in its praise for those who helped him and remarkably restrained in its condemnation of those who hindered.
It's a very funny book too in its own way and certainly one of the best film memoirs I have ever read.
By the end of the book my admiration for Brownlow and his co-director Andrew Mollo was very deep.
The only irritating thing about the story is that their marathon dedication certainly left me unsettlingly aware of my own shortcomings in terms of perseverance
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