THE LAST WITNESS plus Q+A with Dir. Piotr Szkopiak15

THE LAST WITNESS plus Q+A with Dir. Piotr Szkopiak

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  • Sun 7 Apr
  • 90 minutes
  • Director: Piotr Szkopiak
  • Cast: Michael Gambon, Alex Pettyfer, Talulah Riley, Gwilym Lee
  • 2018

Synopsis

INCLUDING Q+A with the Film’s Director Piotr Szkopiak who will be coming to PENRITH for this screening.

An ambitious young journalist uncovers the horrific slaughter of 22,000 Polish officers during World War II, a secret which has been kept hidden for many years.


In post-war England, journalist Stephen Underwood is keen to prove his worth. Working for a local newspaper he spends his days covering weddings and funerals while always on the lookout for a story that will catapult him into the big league. When he comes across the suicide of a Polish soldier from a nearby Displaced Persons Camp his journalistic instincts kick in, sensing something isn’t quite right, and his first port of call is to question Colonel Janusz Pietrowski, a Liaison Officer for the re-settlement of Polish troops under British command. Their meeting leaves Stephen unsettled – something just doesn’t quite ring true. Stephen’s lover is Jeanette Mitchell, a Junior Commander in the Auxiliary Territorial Service working under Captain John Underwood, Stephen’s brother. Trapped in a marriage of convenience with a military intelligence officer, she shares Stephen’s dream of escape. It is during one of their clandestine meetings that Stephen witnesses a confrontation between a local farmer and Michael Loboda, a new arrival at the Camp, during which Loboda lets slip that he is Russian... not Polish. Sensing a twist, Stephen questions Loboda to find out why he is posing as a Polish refugee. Loboda reacts aggressively but tries to give nothing further away. Later, unbeknownst to Loboda, Stephen discovers he is hiding a small cash-box containing a blood stained diary... From here, Stephen’s investigation escalates as he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous, multi-layered conspiracy concerning the execution of 22,000 Polish military and civilians by Stalin’s secret police. This is a fictional re-imagining of a bloody, heart-breaking, true tale. One that has been covered up for far too long. Woman. (Alex Pettyfer, Robert Wieckiewicz, Talulah Riley, Michael Gambon, Will Thorp, Henry Lloyd-Hughes)