HISTORICAL FEATURE FILM
"At this moment in time I have to admit nobody knows where the President of the United States maybe hiding. Probably best to keep this as our little secret - eh!"
In 1918 the American President, on his way to Paris to sign the peace treaty to end WW1, escapes his aides and minders for a few days with his new wife.
Secretly, and in disguise he visits his much beloved English Lake District in an attempt to re-discover his past and make the biggest decision of his life. Here he meets his old friend, Fred Yates, a quirky English artist with a wild daughter intent on marrying a German P.O.W. But the war has left its mark even in this sleepy part of England and emotions are running high.
Neither is the course of true love running smoothly for the President… Amidst a series of errors, a life threatening adventure and the devious machinations of England, France and even some of his own people, he formulates a vision for world peace and the creation of The League of Nations - forerunner to the U.N.
An English Affair is the story of one Black American G.I. in England whose open love affair with a wild aristocratic English girl during WWII leads to condemnation and jealously. His reputation as a war hero cannot prevent him from being ‘set-up’ and accused of rape.
Against a background of military action, mutiny, friendship, loyalty and love he must face execution and only one girl can save him - but she lies in a coma over 200 miles away as a virtual prisoner.
During World War II many black American soldiers were hanged in England – most on charges of rape. No white Americans found guilty of the same crime were executed. It had been agreed by Parliament that no American military court on British soil could impose a sentence more severe than that of an English court for the same crime. Under English law the crime of rape did not carry the death penalty. Someone changed the rules…
"Once in a thousand years we forget about butchering each other just long enough to create a work of art so much greater than ourselves that it becomes a symbol of achievement for the entire human race."
Take one Georgian Oligarch, an assortment of Russian Villains, a penniless English Artist and take over the Art Market - Simple...
“You must know that I have no heart. Oh! I have a heart to be stabbed in or shot in, but...I have no softness there, no sympathy nor sentiment. I have never had any such thing.”
Whatever happened to Estella after Great Expectations...? She was blackmailed into becoming a spy in the embryonic British Secret Service of course...
Set against the amazing political backdrop of the 1860s, one of Dickens’ most intriguing and beautiful characters Estella comes to life in the ultimate unrequited love story between herself and Pip, combined with action ranging from the Australian Penal Colonies, to the US Civil War, to the corridors of power in European Palaces,
Estella is a perfect combination of the forces and components that make blockbusting international television.
M A T T L A C E Y
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Roger Carey Associates
The Old House
Shepperton Film Studios
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