Stanley’s War – A Suffolk Story


Stanley’s War is a major drama-documentary film based on true stories of Suffolk’s First World War, it dramatises stories of love and sacrifice, following the lives of Suffolk people during WW1. The film recounts the true life-changing experiences at the Western Front of Stanley Banyard, a farm hand from Ramsholt and how he saved the lives of his comrades, lost in no-man’s land, using skills learnt as a boy from a Suffolk gamekeeper.

Stanley’s War / Motion East ©2018

The film also portrays the WW1 experiences of the Pretty family, factory owners from Ipswich, including the forbidden romance between Major Frank Pretty, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment and Edith Dempster (later Edith Pretty of Sutton Hoo fame). The film also depicts the tragic story of Lieut. Donald Pretty, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action.

Stanley’s War / Motion East ©2018

The film is directed by Tim Curtis (Life On The Deben) and features a mainly Suffolk cast and film crew, we caught up with Tim who said:

“Stanley’s War was a very ambitious project from the start. A documentary being mainly shot in Northern France with period drama scenes to be shot in Suffolk set during World War One (1914-1918).  As most of our characters were from Suffolk, we needed actors with Suffolk accents. It really helped to have Screen Suffolk supporting us and they put the word out to actors and film professionals and we ended up with a fabulous mainly regionally based cast and crew.”

Tim first approached Screen Suffolk about helping with the film when he was searching for his ideal cast.  We sent an email to over 100 actors and extras who have registered  with us and the response was incredible.  So many people got in touch with Tim that he had to set up a designated website for registrations.

Tim found his core cast and crew through us and we can’t wait to see this true Suffolk film.

Stanley’s War receives its world premier at a gala reception and screening at the Riverside Theatre in Woodbridge on 4th November 2018.