Bermudian Film Shortlisted For WorldFest Award

April 9, 2013

Bermudian made documentary ‘In the Hour of Victory’ has been selected to screen at the prestigious 46th Annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival in Texas later this month, and has also been selected as a finalist for one of their top awards.

The film, which is based on the book of the same title by Jonathan Smith, tells the story of Bermudian Major ‘Toby’ Smith during World War II. Untouched for fifty years, a family finds a bundle of letters setting them on a journey into their past, and the rediscovery of a tragic love story amid the turmoil of World War II.

Trailer for In The Hour Of Victory:

Major Toby Smith lost his life at the Battle of Overloon during the final Allied push for victory. The film weaves a haunting portrait etched in Major Smith’s own words through the letters he lovingly and dutifully wrote his wife and five children as he agonized over loyalty to them and the war against the Nazis during four years of service abroad. This firsthand account uniquely re-captures the war-time era and its impact on a family, leaving a lasting legacy of what it means to serve ones King and Country.

In the Hour of Victory was co-directed by Andrew Kirkpatrick and Lucinda Spurling of Afflare Films. Ms Spurling said, “Our acceptance into WorldFest Houston and to be a finalist for one of their top awards is a great validation of all of our hard work and Jonathan Smith’s vision and commitment to the project. We hope this screening will be the first in a series of international screenings. Our ultimate goal is also for the film to be broadcast internationally. Both Jonathan and I will be attending WorldFest.”

Former Police Commissioner and PLP Senator Jonathan Smith, author and speaking for the publishers, TenTen Publications, added: “We are delighted that our film, a Bermuda film, has been selected.”

“To read a soldier’s story seven decades later is one thing. To have it screened in front of an international audience is another. We’ve been committed to this project since inception. We knew there was a compelling story of love, leadership, courage and commitment there; now it’s time to share it with a global audience.”

‘In the Hour of Victory’ was nominated to receive one of the prestigious REMI awards in one of its feature film categories at this year’s WorldFest 2013. The film also screens at this year’s Bermuda International Film Festival at BUEI at 3:45pm on Saturday, April 13th.

Copies of the book and DVD of In the Hour of Victory are available at The Book Mart, Brown & Co., The Bermuda Book Store, Queen Street, Hamilton

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