The White Feather // 22min // Drama // 2014 // Australia
Writer/Director: Laurence de B Anderson
Producer: Marie Anderson
Cinematographer: Miguel P Gallagher
Albert Ellis says we shouldn’t fight Britain’s wars. Then he gets a white feather.
Coming off Shelbourne, Bungendore’s biggest sheep station, are Albert and Eddie Ellis, who are in love with Henrietta and Kathleen. They fight about whether to join the war or not. Albert says no, Eddie is keen. Albert gets a white feather and goes to war, convinced it was Henrietta who sent it (it was Kathleen). He is blinded by gas in Flanders and on his return Kathleen offers to marry him, having been in love with him all along. He becomes a famous writer. Fifty years later Kathleen’s deception is revealed.
I was fortunate to spend a day on this set when I played the older version of the dying hero. This was a labour of love for the entire Anderson family and it showed on set. Great camaraderie and a poignant moving result. I hope audiences enjoy this film as much as I did being a small part of it. It is well acted and shot in some great NSW/ACT locations with good sound – highly recommended.
I have never seen a short film compress so much passage of time and emotion so successfully as this film. A really great experience
Pleased to announce this film took out ‘Best Young persons in Film’ award on the night of the finals – screened at the National War Memorial in Canberra on the night of Remembrance day, 2015; the centenary of Gallipoli.