It Happened Here
In IT HAPPENED HERE, Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's brilliant re-write of history, Germany is winning World War II and Nazi troops occupy England. Pauline Murray, an apolitical Irish nurse, is transferred to London, where she slowly realizes the horrifying reality behind the occupation. The film is a terrifying intimation of what might have happened to British society if the Allied effort had failed. Brownlow was only eighteen and his co-director Mollo was sixteen, when they started this monumental documentary style drama in 1956. "The German invasion of England took place in July 1940 after the British retreat from Dunkirk. Strongly resisted at first, the German army took many months to restore order. But the resistance movement, lacking outside support, was finally crushed. Then, in 1944, the resistance movement reappeared." After years of hard work and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, IT HAPPENED HERE was finally completed in 1964. IT HAPPENED HERE influenced a generation of directors with its documentary-you-are-there style including a very young Peter Watkins, shown far left in the group of soldiers in the bottom still.