A Soldier’s Voice - Short Film

A Soldier’s Voice is a short film directed, written by Brendan McCallion. Filmed as part of his studies in NWRC Derry, A Soldier’s Voice went on to premiere at the 2015 Dingle Film Festival, and won Best Drama at the Limerick Film Festival the same year. The film also screened and was nominated in several other categories at the LA Independent and Imperial War Museum Film Festival. It was finally made available for online viewing when it was selected to screen on BBC The Arts Show.

A Soldier’s Voice was shot on location in Inishowen, Co. Donegal.

On the Dublin tenement set of A Soldier’s Voice.

On the Dublin tenement set of A Soldier’s Voice.

Credits

  • Director & Producer: Brendan McCallion

  • Writer: Brendan McCallion

  • Cinematographer: Brendan McCallion

  • Sound: Kieran French

  • Composer: Emmett Cooke

  • Editor: Brendan McCallion

  • Costume Supplier: Soldier of Fortune, Wales.

  • Armourer: Greg Doherty

  • Carpenter: Patrick McCallion

  • Starring: Johnny French and Kieran French.

IMDB Page: imdb.com/title/tt4335096/?ref_=nm_knf_i1

Lead actor Johnny French, on the No Man’s Land set, which was filmed in Glentogher, Co. Donegal.

Lead actor Johnny French, on the No Man’s Land set, which was filmed in Glentogher, Co. Donegal.

Director Notes

From a very young age I was always fascinated by Irish history. Even as a kid, watching films Saving Private Ryan and Thin Red Line made me want to shoot my own war movie someday. A Soldier’s Voice was the perfect opportunity to do just that, and to also highlight the Irish involvement in WWI; a subject not a lot of Irish people know enough about.

Aside from directing and writing the film, I worked on everything from costumes, set design, shooting and editing. On reflection, it was probably the most unprofessional set to walk on to, as we didn’t even have lights! All I had was a camera, and a burning ambition to make a film and tell a meaningful story.

I was incredibly surprised by the success A Soldier’s Voice had, but it was all in part to an amazing performance by my actors, and a wonderful score composed by Emmett Cooke. When I look back it was everything I hoped it would be. It was challenging, but so much fun. My most enjoyable day on set was shooting the No Man’s Land scenes, where we used a forest site that had recently been chopped down. Needless to say we weren’t very popular with the workers who were there, but we ended up making a few friends by the end once we told them what we were doing.

- Brendan McCallion