The German invasion of England took place in July 1940 after the British retreat from Dunkirk. Strongly resisted at first, the German army took months to restore order, but the resistance movement, lacking outside support, was finally crushed. Then, in 1944, it reappeared. That is what happened when history was rewritten: Nazi Germany has won the Second World War and England is under occupation. Kevin Brownlow was only 18 when he and Andrew Mollo - just 16 - embarked on this ambitious neorealist-tinged drama, which took eight years to complete. The result is a chilling and timely reminder of what might have been had Nazism not been defeated.
OK so it's quite uneven, with a thin storyline, but it is precisely because these film makers had little money that some of the scenes are so powerful, strangely. For example in one scene - that UA insisted on being cut - they brought in UK fascists to talk about their view of what they see as the 'Jewish problem', it is horrifying all the more so because it doesn't feel scripted, but real. These fascists condemn themselves simply by opening their mouths.
Particularly relevant for these current times.
The other theme is how easy it can be for good people to collaborate all in the name of keeping the peace, and before they know it becoming embroiled in crimes that sent Nazis to the gallows.
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Refreshingly basic film-making
- It Happened Here review by TE
This is really one for the film student, though the sheer energy of its amateurism is appealing.
The theme of Nazi / Far Right extremism is very apt for today and the film is a bracing reminder that it could have happened here in the UK, with at least as much collaboration as in France.
The same director later made the excellent 'Winstanley' and there are similarities with the films of Peter Watkins.