True Story - Development 2021

Two women ahead of their time, caught in a war that changed the world. Artists, surrealists, lovers, resistance fighters. Based on a true story.

    • Year of production
    • 2021
    • Genres
    • True Story, Historical, LGBT
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Hannah PATTERSON
    • Synopsis
    • Jersey, World War II. Vehemently opposed to any form of oppression, Surrealist artists and lovers Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe decide to mount their own resistance movement when the Germans invade. They compose notes encouraging soldiers to rise up against Nazism, then disguise themselves and disseminate the notes throughout the island. They continue their operation for 4 years, while the German Command hunt for members of a large, organised movement. Then they are informed on and imprisoned. After unsuccessfully attempting to take their own lives, they are separated and placed in solitary confinement. Enduring months of interrogation, during which they keep in touch via a secret postal system, they are tried and sentenced to death for their resistance. Expecting every day to be taken out and killed, as the Germans realise the war is lost, the women are granted a last-minute reprieve and reunited, at last, in one cell. On May 8, 1945, the day before the island is liberated, they are finally released, just in time to greet the allied forces at the harbour.
    • Partners & financing
    • British Film Institute