In February of 2017 Black Hound Productions embarked on their next challenge, creating a First World War short film, as part of a secondary school media project. The story of '306' follows the tale of Thomas Croft, a fictional soldier who is shot by his own side for the crime of cowardice, a fate which was met by 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers between 1914 and 1918. Thomas finds himself in Flanders with two brothers, his childhood friends, whom he promises to protect at any cost. When it appears this promise could be broken, he will stop at nothing to keep his word. In choosing to not betray his friends, he disobeys direct orders and signs his own death warrant.
With the help of local businesses, Black Hound Productions created a stylised depiction of the battlefields of France and Belgium, and spent two days filming in freezing conditions. The finished film has now over 62,000 views on YouTube, and continues to spread awareness of the men who were killed by their own side during the First World War.
CAST AND CREW
Writer and Director
Charlotte Mason and William Holmes
Joseph Owen-Pinkney and Patrick Withey