Short Film: White Rabbit
1st June 2020
Set in 1969 during the heat of the Vietnam War this graduate project from the class of 2018 takes a unique look at the hidden stories from the war.
‘When a US soldier is critically wounded in battle, a Vietnamese family comes to his aid and saves his life. The family bond as they realise they’re no so different, though there are those that don’t agree with the family’s decision to help him.’ We spoke to the writer and director of the film Alastair Neill about how he brought the project to life…
“I was inspired by classic Vietnam war films, and wanted to add a twist by not only showing the soldiers perspectives, but also those that were victimised, whose stories aren’t often focused on as central characters. I wanted to offer a unique and realistic perspective on the war, whilst homaging some of the greats like Apocalypse Now and Rescue Dawn, the films that got me hooked on the era, making me want to learn more about this tragic war”.
Since completion in 2018 the film has been accepted into a variety of festivals including, the LA1 Film Festival in Lancashire, the Olympus Film Festival in Los Angeles and the U.K. monthly film festival in Norwich, alongside various other smaller festivals.
Alastair told us “the reaction has been positive, and I’ve received critical acclaim specifically from veterans of the Vietnam war who have praised its authenticity”.
One thing we know is that in this industry you never stop learning and growing, so we wanted to find out about how Alastair felt since finishing the final film.
“I have grown to understand the strengths and weaknesses of it and have learnt a lot when it comes to making future projects. My favourite part was being able to see what I had envisioned for over a year slowly come together in the studio. Working with people who are also passionate at helping your dream come to life is an experience I’ll never forget. I would often blast radio tunes from classic Vietnam films to get people into the mood, which helped people create the right frame of mind to recreate the war setting. I’m happy with the end product, but I‘m more proud of the work and effort that went into it, which is what film making is about at the end of the day”.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. We often hear from students and graduates alike that the freedom to be creative in a safe space, to practice your skills and tell the stories you want to tell is their favourite part of studying Film Production at UoG – and that’s why we do what we do!