“Never Forgotten” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring World War I A.E. Housman Poem “Soldier From The Wars Returning” Directed By Jamie Childs And Gareth Brannan.
Directed by: Jamie Childs and Gareth Brannan
Music by: Tom Player
Violin & Viola Solos: Johnathan Hill
Trumpet & Fugelhorn: Joe Morris
Cello: Tom Player
Cinematography by: Will Baldy
Edited by: David Fisher
Starring: Alfie Stewart
Poem Read by: Joe Blakemore
“Cinematic short film “Never Forgotten” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and the young lives which were sacrificed.
Director Jamie Childs (Vera, Lucky Man) and Gareth Brannan (Director & VFX Supervisor at The Mill) tell the story of one ‘War Boy’s hopes and sorrows, on his last journey through no mans land, disappearing into the horizon alongside his brothers in arms.
The A. E. Housman poem “Soldier From The Wars Returning” is set to a moving cinematic score composed by Tom Player (Trailer music composer for The Hobbit, Game of Thrones) and our fallen gather in chorus to whistle the traditional WWI song, “Keep The Home Fires Burning”. The recording features the “Molitor Stradivarius” c.1697 played by Johnathan Hill.
Today more than ever we feel its important for people to stop and remember the huge sacrifices made during WWI, one hundred years ago. This respectful and thought provoking tribute reminds us how much we owe for the freedoms we enjoy today.”
“Soldiers From The Wars Returning” by A.E. Housman (1922)
Soldier from the wars returning,
Spoiler of the taken town,
Here is ease that asks not earning;
Turn you in and sit you down.
Peace is come and wars are over,
Welcome you and welcome all,
While the charger crops the clover
And his bridle hangs in stall.
Now no more of winters biting,
Filth in trench from tall to spring,
Summers full of sweat and fighting
For the Kesar or the King.
Rest you, charger, rust you, bridle;
Kings and kesars, keep your pay;
Soldier, sit you down and idle
At the inn of night for aye.