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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

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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