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VINE VOICEon 18 November 2007
The work of two teenagers (when the project started) this amateur production with professional goals is a very fine work. Its topic is the effect on England of the succesful invasion in 1940 by Germany. Our heroine is a District Nurse driven out of her West Country village by partisans and displaced to London. Here she joins the Nazi civil support units because there is not much else to do. Her travels through a grainy London, meeting and discussing National Socialism, are grey in colour and gray in content. She is then transferred to a hospital where "undesirables" are processed. Finally captured by the Liberation Army she ends up nursing their wounded.

En route the writers' imaginings of a Fascist England are all too impressive. There are lectures on National Socialism, bombastic newsreels, shots of German troops in famous spots in London. Both sides slaughter prisoners, but the film's real effect is to make the post war Briton think twice about how it would have been.(And perhaps spare a thought for how French and German people suffered).

Given that the Nazis are winning in the film there is a fair amount of non-PC stuff talked. This led to the film being attacked by anti-Nazi organisations. I believe that this was an error because the film makes its point by allowing the other party to talk itself into defeat.

The acting is rather wooden and at times the action slow, but the film remains a tribute to a magnificent obsession and that most english of virtues - amateurism.
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