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MIPTV Picks 2012: War Horse – The Real Story

This documentary mixes archive footage with first-hand testimonials, detailing the hardships endured by the horses on the frontlines of the First World War, as well as the relationships formed between the hardy animals and their masters.
March 23, 2012

Steven Spielberg’s latest theatrical epic has cast the world’s attention on the story of the War Horses of the First World War – equine comrades that rode with soldiers into battle. This documentary mixes archive footage with first-hand testimonials, detailing the hardships endured by the horses on the frontlines, as well as the relationships formed between the hardy animals and their masters. A million British horses were “called up” to serve in the war, taken from farms and country estates. And while a quarter of that number would die on the field from shrapnel and disease, the war horses would prove to be deciding factors in the conflict’s outcome.

Partners: Testimony Films for Channel 4, distributed by TVF International (London)

Aired: March 2012 (Channel 4)

Length: 1 x 52 minutes

Rights available: All rights worldwide excluding UK and Ireland

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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