CAST & cREW

Characters & Cast

A Love Worth Fighting For explores complexities of human relationships between lovers, but also between soldiers: between comrades and opponents, and those in between.

And though it draws from the facts of the opening stages of The Great War, the film concentrates on the stories of just a handful of players in this epic conflict, highlighting the human element vividly and boldly.

The exchanges between characters are electrifying, and provide a terrific platform for showcasing some challenging and brilliant acting.

Where possible I am using the real nationalities of the characters, who speak in their mother tongues with English subtitles. I want to make it a truly international film.

In a war where casualties were measured in the thousands, even for small battles, the film seeks to remind us that each one of those deaths has a story connecting many other people, unseen, and unremembered on the headstones in the war cemeteries and on the war memorials.

This is just one of those stories.

Here are the characters…

FRANÇOISE
| Julia Mugnier

Françoise is a plucky and passionate French girl who lives in the path of the fighting armies. Julia Mugnier is a French actress who has acted in award-winning films and is best known for Tout ce que je porte (2020), Almost Charming (2013) and Lovers (2020).

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ARTHUR
| Eric Gravolin

Arthur is an English officer who reluctantly leaves his home and family to fight in France. He is played by Eric Gravolin, an Australian actor who studied acting and filmmaking in Brisbane, and then the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Recent roles include The Legend of the Five (2020), The Commons (2019) and Total Control (2019).

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HEINRICH
| FLO SOHN

Heinrich is German soldier who is forced to leave his pregnant wife behind when sent off to fight in France. Flo Sohn is an actor and model from near Ulm in southern Germany. His enjoyment of acting grew from school days and further productions like Europides Zwangsstörung and Die Drei Physiker followed. In summer 2021 he will study acting and filmmaking at ADK in Ulm.

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MOLLY
| Gaia Wise

Molly is Arthur and Sarah’s maid, friend to their children, and possibly more...  She is played by Gaia Wise, known for A Walk in the Woods (2015) and Last Chance Harvey (2008). She is attached to A Book About Her and will star in Shooting Star (2022)

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SARAH
| Eloise Black

Sarah is Arthur’s wife and mother of Freddy and Christopher. Eloise Black is a film and stage actress who had the lead roles in The Package (2020) and The Problemless Anonymous (2017). She begins a role in Holby City soon. Eloise is a writer with projects in development with the BBC and MUBI.

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ANNA
| Emilija Wellbrock

Anna is Heinrich’s pregnant wife who encourages him to go to war. Emilija Wellbrock is a German actress and writer and is known for League of Superheroes (2015), Violent Starr (2021) and Kartoffelsalat 3 - Das Musical (2020).

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CAPTAIN MILLS
| James Dutton

Mills is an English army captain who has the mutual respect and friendship of Arthur. James Dutton is a stage and film actor, known for a lead role in West-End production of The Wipers Times (2018), The Windsors (2016), Our World War (2014) and World War One Remembered (2014).

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COMPANY SERGEANT MAJOR FREEMAN
| GUY COMBES

Company Sergeant Major Freeman is a professional soldier and a veteran of the Boer War. But does his experience count for anything? Guy Combes is an actor and comedian, known for Kill Ben Lyk (2018), This Could Happen to?You (2016), Heckle (2020) and The Rookie (2021).

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LEUTNANT ZIEGLER
| Tobias Krebs

Lt Ziegler is professional but human. Tobi is from Gelsenkirchen, Germany. He studied journalism & PR, followed by a year abroad at college in Pennsylvania where he took his first acting classes, going on to study at Schauspielschule der Keller in Cologne. He then followed his heart and has worked as an actor since, including further study at Ivana Chubbuck Studio, LA and the Susan Batson Studio, NYC. As well as many theatre productions he appears on screen in Arboretum (2020) and Ein Starkes Team (2020).

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JOHAN
| EDWARD TIDY

Johan has not yet gone to war and remains in Germany. Edward is an English actor known for his work on Netflix's The Crown. He has just finished filming a lead role in Reduced to Clear (2021) and Butterfly, Lost (2021).

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CHAMBERS (The Postman)
| DOMINIC CHAMBERS

Chambers, an English postman, is both the bringer of love letters and other communications... Dominic Chambers is a film and stage actor, with recent roles in A Cracking Good Time (2021), Second Date (2021) Disco Inferno (2021) and The Proposal (2019).

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FREDDY & CHRISTOPHER
| Freddie & Kit

Freddy and Christopher are Arthur’s and Sarah’s children who are played Freddie and Kit respectively. They are brothers, photographic models and enjoy anything to do with steam trains. They perform live regularly and are looking forward to their film debuts.

Creative & Executive Team

WRITER, DIRECTOR,
PRODUCER & EP
| Toby Fountaine

Over the last two years, Toby has written nine feature film and television projects with several more in development. The feature Looking For Kip that he co-wrote, developed and on which he is executive producer, was shortlisted for the 2021 Film Fund Africa Write Project.

Refugee Superstar, an epic TV drama series written and produced by Toby, has attracted an A-list director and transatlantic attention, even in its pre-production stages. His next feature Shooting Star starts production in Spring 2022.

He helped establish and is part-owner of two London-based production companies.

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PRODUCER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
| SARAH FLOWER

Sarah Flower is an English producer, actress and author. After leaving school she spent some time in the Army before training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
| JAMES DOWDALL

James is the creator and EP of the eagerly anticipated TV series The Contractor, written by Toby Fountaine. He is delighted to work with Toby again on A Love Worth Fighting For as he has a passion for Word War I history and love… 

James has spent most of his career in banking, specialising in Media and Green Energy. Since leaving banking in 2019, he has worked in the media space, raising money for film and TV projects, and supporting clients in delivering operational change. 

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CINEMATOGRAPHER
| HSIEN YU NIU

Hsien Yu Niu (Sunshine Niu) is a Taiwanese cinematographer based in London. She graduated from the London Film School as a Cinematographer, and won the outstanding cinematography student award sponsored by Panalux for the film Underneath shot in Hong Kong. Her film Maeve in the Dark (2021) was selected to the short film corner in the Cannes Film Festival 2021.  

Before this, she graduated from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at National Dong Hwa University. She was sponsored by the Forestry Bureau of Taiwan and the Ministry of Science and Technology, focusing on making films to explore the beauty of the relationship between human and the natural environment, a theme she is passionate about continuing in her cinematography.

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SOUND RECORDIST & EDITOR
| CHRIS STANLEY

Born in London, Chris Stanley is a passionate Sound Recordist who specialises in capturing clear natural sound for Film & TV. Working in the UK and abroad, he has recorded choirs in Beirut, patients in surgery in a Newcastle hospital and presenters onboard a sailboat in the channel. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring other interests such as music, reading and getting inspired in nature.

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EDITOR  
| TOM SANDS

Tom is a film-maker and editor from southeast England, working globally. He dropped out of film school in Brighton and cut his teeth on a series of documentaries filmed all over the world. He then moved into music videos and commercials and made his first feature film Backtrack (2014) at the age of 24. 

He has since directed, shot and edited four more feature films (with distribution through Netflix and Amazon), commercials and documentaries and is the founder of Substantial Films.

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Production Company

COMPOSER 
| MARCIN MAZUREK

Marcin is a Polish composer for film, TV and media, based in London. He graduated in Film Music from Leeds Conservatoire. He has worked on projects that were presented on Berlinale, Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles(winning Best Short) and TVP, Poland’s national broadcaster.  

Marcin has defined his style by blending orchestral music with electronics and traditional world music as well as inclusion of memorable melodies in his scores.

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PRODUCTION DESIGNER
| NIVITHA MURALIKRISHNA

Nivitha, a production designer, is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the National Film and Television School in the UK. A recipient (in July 2021) of the prestigious Joe Farley Award that recognises emerging design talent, she initially began her career as an Architect and entrepreneur for seven years in India, before finding her calling in production design.

A trained dancer, Nivitha has been an artist since childhood and continues to passionately pursue her potential as a dancer too. Her ultimate dream is to successfully blend elements of dance and movement along with architecture, design, and filmmaking.

MAKEUP ARTIST & HAIR STYLIST
| EMILYPRENDERGAST

Emily Prendergast is a makeup artist and wig maker from the south coast of England. She has recently graduated from Arts University Bournemouth with a first-class honours degree in makeup and hair for media and performance, where she received the student of the year award.

Since graduating Emily has worked on a number of independent short films, whilst also doing voluntary work for the charity Little Lady Locks, which provide wigs and hair loss solutions to under 18s. In the future, she hopes to continue to work on films and TV productions, as both a makeup artist and a wig maker.

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COSTUMES
| LOTTIE COPE

A recent graduate in BA (Hons) Fashion, Lottie is an imaginative and experimental graduate, with a particular interest in sustainable, story-telling designs. An enthusiastic, self-taught embroiderer and hand knitter with a strong eye for detail, she has experience working within numerous British luxury fashion labels including Temperley London and Julien McDonald.

FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
| INDIA WHITTY

India, based in London, began her production career in live events and conferences whilst studying for her BA in Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since then she has crossed tracks into film production, producing Crawford Mack’s Firing Squad music video as well as The Cathar directed by Liam Heath. She juggles her film work with hydroponic farming in Central London and her other loves: cricket, climbing, writing and acting.

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