Tolkien & Lewis
Tolkien & Lewis is a biopic drama set in war torn Britain in 1941 revealing how J.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis became the world’s foremost fantasy authors. Both are literary superstars, known the world over as the creators of Middle-Earth and Narnia. But few know of the important and complex friendship between these two brilliant but dysfunctional Oxford scholars. A friendship without which they might never have written their beloved classics, The Lord of the Rings or The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. As each helps the other: for Tolkien to face his writer’s block, depression and wild nightmares and for Lewis to rediscover his inner child – their friendship seems deeper than ever. But even the strongest fellowships are tested. When Lewis reveals his tales of Narnia and is catapulted into the spotlight with faith-inspired speeches on BBC Radio, Tolkien’s insecurities are awakened. Jealousy, neurosis, and matters of faith now menace their friendship.
Some friendships last forever. Others last until they are no longer needed…
Directed by Simon West
Written by Jacqueline Cook & Paul Bryan
Executive Producers Charles Moore Michael O’Sullivan Leo Cooper Joan Lane
Co-Producer Mark Cooper
Producers Wernher Pramschufer & Simon West
The Enemy Within
The immigrant mayor of a previously peaceful German-Australian town battles to prevent the racially-charged community from imploding during World War I.
When the storm clouds of the Great War cast a dark shadow over Australia in 1914, the previously peaceful German-Australian community of Hahndorf finds itself faced with an epic home-soil war. As neighbour turns against neighbour, friend against friend, German-born mayor Rudi Schumann retreats from truly standing up for the racially vilified Germans of the town for fear of losing the successful business he has spent years building as he battles his own disintegrating relationship with teenage son, Frank, who refuses to be shaped in his father’s image. After father and son are confined in the punitive Torrens Island internment camp on trumped up charges, they find themselves at the hands of the bitter and despotic Captain Sinclair, overseeing a camp full of the hated enemy. When Rudi smuggles out reports of mistreatment to Miss Lambert, Frank’s feisty schoolteacher, she galvanises the women left behind into public action in order to shed light on a great injustice as Rudi discovers the redemptive power of standing up for what’s right.
Written by Jacqueline Cook
Executive Producers Ross Thomas Leo Cooper
Composer Wernher Pramschufer
Producers Wernher Pramschufer Andre Zoch