Tolkien's Great War
30min Documentary, 2014
Explore the wartime experiences of J.R.R. Tolkien and how they shaped his life's work.
The first of three documentary films commissioned by King Edward’s School, Birmingham as part of their 1914-1918 commemorations - over 1,400 former pupils of King Edward’s School served in the First World War and 245 lost their lives.
Tolkien fought on the Western Front as a young officer, as did many of his school friends, and this film explores his experiences during the First World War, and how the nature of war and the scale it’s sacrifice went on to shape his culturally defining works.
Written, Directed & Produced by:
Elliot Weaver & Zander Weaver
The Tolkien Estate
The Birmingham Oratory
Imperial War Museum
Cadbury Research Library
Rector and Fellows of Exeter College, Oxford
SHOT ON CANON 60D