It Happened Here: The History of Hitler's England

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I found a couple of mentions on here, but no link to a full version of the film - apologies in advance if there has been. A cleaned up version is being released next week by the British Film Institute, hence I am bringing it up again.

It Happened Here imagines the UK being invaded by Germany after the retreat from Dunkirk.

After months of fierce resistance and brutal reprisals, the occupying Nazi forces manage to restore some kind of order, largely suppressing the resistance movement. However, due to demands from the Ural Mountains front, most German troops are eventually removed from Western Europe, and the garrisoning of Britain is largely carried out by local volunteers to the German army and the SS.

The plot follows the experiences of an Irish nurse working in England, who encounters people who believe collaboration with the invaders is for the best whilst others are involved in the resistance movement against the occupiers and their local collaborators.

More on the making of it here.

Despite being filmed in 1964/5 the unpolished nature of the production gives the drama a realistic, visceral feeling and an idea of the challenges faced by ordinary people in the face of an invasion.

There's a few sites claiming to be have the full film which I have found are incomplete, but the link below seems to shows the full 97mins.


 
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I have this film on DVD, although it was made with a stupidly low budget it is still a very good film imho.
The DVD is 97 mins long

There is also a book 'how it happened here' detailing how the film was financed and made.

PLOT SPOILER ALERT
A part of the film that really got to me and has stuck in my memory is when one of the 'hospital patients' says thank you for being given his piece of bread.
 
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I found a couple of mentions on here, but no link to a full version of the film - apologies in advance if there has been. A cleaned up version is being released next week by the British Film Institute, hence I am bringing it up again.

It Happened Here imagines the UK being invaded by Germany after the retreat from Dunkirk.

After months of fierce resistance and brutal reprisals, the occupying Nazi forces manage to restore some kind of order, largely suppressing the resistance movement. However, due to demands from the Ural Mountains front, most German troops are eventually removed from Western Europe, and the garrisoning of Britain is largely carried out by local volunteers to the German army and the SS.

The plot follows the experiences of an Irish nurse working in England, who encounters people who believe collaboration with the invaders is for the best whilst others are involved in the resistance movement against the occupiers and their local collaborators.

More on the making of it here.

Despite being filmed in 1964/5 the unpolished nature of the production gives the drama a realistic, visceral feeling and an idea of the challenges faced by ordinary people in the face of an invasion.

There's a few sites claiming to be have the full film which I have found are incomplete, but the link below seems to shows the full 97mins.


Nice review of a good film and alternate history made by teenagers on a shoestring in 1964. Shot in black and white 16mm with poor sound, its amateurism makes it run like a good documentary with newsreel. Worth seeing for that reason, and for an idea of 'Hitler's Britain' imho.

Stanley Kubrick and Tony Richardson helped the 18 yr old director and author Tony Brownlow (Academy Award Winner 2010) to get the film into cinemas, and major distribution.
 
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Nice review of a good film and alternate history made by teenagers on a shoestring in 1964. Shot in black and white 16mm with poor sound, its amateurism makes it run like a good documentary with newsreel. Worth seeing for that reason, and for an idea of 'Hitler's Britain' imho.

Stanley Kubrick and Tony Richardson helped the 18 yr old director and author Tony Brownlow (Academy Award Winner 2010) to get the film into cinemas, and major distribution.
Pedant note.. Kevin Brownlow.. only because I thought this an interesting thread and googled to find out more
 

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