The idea behind No Glory
In the early stages of production of the No Glory short film the team at Kent Independent Film knew straight away that a short film wouldn’t do the story enough justice.
We wanted to create a feature film from the incredible story of Operation Titanic as a means to bring the full story of what the brave men of the SAS went through in the build up and aftermath of the D Day Invasion. A feature script has now been developed and several key members of cast attached.
We spent several months carrying out extensive research before starting production, this included internet search, reading biographies and personal accounts, reading and viewing images from the SAS archives, speaking to veterans and frequent visits to the Imperial War Museum in London. The director Steve Davis and producer Gary JJ Spate also spent time in Normandy visiting key areas that will feature within the film including Merville Battery, the five beaches and Pegasus Bridge.
One of the most important aspects about the film to us is that it looks as historically accurate as possible and we have largely used original war-dated props, or exact reproductions. Even the contents of our lead actor’s haversack which are not all seen are 100% genuine and original as we feel this helps the actor within the role and further develop the character he is portraying.
BASED ON TRUE EVENTS.
In the early hours of 6th June 1944, a small group of SAS soldiers along with hundreds of dummy paratroopers known as ‘Ruperts’ were dropped by the Royal Air Force to give the illusion of a large scale parachute landing and to cause diversion, confusion and havoc before the impending Allied invasion of France later that day.
Deep behind enemy lines the soldiers were left alone to fight and survive.
No Glory follows the events of the British 2nd Special Air Service soldiers in the days prior to D-Day, when given their objective, through their jump into German-occupied Normandy hours before the Allied invasion and their efforts to complete their mission.
No Glory is a film about the real horrors of war, compassion, camaraderie and heartache.
Producer Gary JJ Spate (left) and director Steve Davis at Merville Battery.
Concept storyboard by Mari Trini Morales Carrión
D-day – British Forces during the Invasion of Normandy 6 June 1944 Commandos of No. 4 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade, and troops of 6th Airborne Division in Bénouville after the link-up between the two forces, 6 June 1944.
Written & Directed by Steve Davis. Produced by Steve Davis, Gary JJ Spate.
Starring Paul Terry, Graham Cole, Guillaume Rivaud, Luna Rival, Andrew James Reeves, Matt Thompson, Darren Henley, Gary JJ Spate.
Cinematography by Steve Davis. Sound by Tyler Johnson. Edited by Steve Davis & Gary JJ Spate. SFX/Makeup by Kate Griffiths. Composed by Michael Walters