SYNOPSIS: Four rebellious teenagers in 1st century Roman-occupied Wales must flee their village and live in the wild after they accidentally kill a Roman soldier and cause an uprising. They must learn to live together or risk facing the wrath of Rome.
The Rebels is a feature film which I produced and helped writer/director Emmet Cummins with the development of the story. Emmet was keen to tell a coming of age story about friendship, but we were committed to make a historical adventure film as part of our remit with Tornado Studios. So we came up with the idea to take a story with contemporary themes and transpose it to the Roman era. Parallels with the modern day issues presented themselves very quickly as we had the characters deal with cultural clashes, immigration issues, feelings of disenfranchisement and the desire to rebel against authority, along with typical teenage issues of bullying, boredom and love.
Having to shoot a film designed for summer in the peak of winter threw up it’s challenges, which included staging a large battle scene in the mud, rain and cold. Thankfully an incredibly game cast and crew turned it into a hugely enjoyable experience and the resulting scene gives the film an exciting and intense finale.