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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Defence of The Realm

Fortnight 1986, Feature film, 1h36


Defence of the Realm was an opportunity to both reflect and comment upon a national mood. I have tried however to make an international film which can be experienced and enjoyed at many levels by a variety of audiences. For me a film must appeal to both the mind and the heart. It must entertain, but it must also have emotional weight. When this is achieved, the film becomes more than just a property of its country of origin, it becomes an international language and therefore the property of everyone. The issues, expediency power and manipulation of the truth by the State, which are raised in Defense of the Realm are issues which continue to affect us all but whatever our political persuasion, whatever our nationality. Defense of the Realm is also a thriller. David Drury


David Drury

He was born in Leeds. He studied painting and went to Manchester where he was a cief editor. He founded his production company and produced and directed documentaries before he made his first feature film in 1984.

Denholm Elliott
Gabriel Byrne
Greta Scacchi
Ian Bannen

Martin Stellman

Roger Deakins

Tony Jackson

Michael Bradsall

Richard Harvey

Production : Enigma Productions Ltd, Londres, Grande-Bretagne Vente à l’étranger : Rank Films Distributors Lts, Londres, Grande-Bretagne

Title in Original Version : Raison d'état