Iron Doors

Synopsis: A young man must escape from a mysterious locked vault before he dies of dehydration.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Stephen Manuel
Production: Fullfeedback Productions
  1 win.
80 min

England, in the year 1215,

had been under the reign of King John for 16 years.

The most villainous of England's monarchs,

John was renowned for losing wars with France,

levying punitive taxes,

and sleeping with the wives of barons.

The barons finally rebelled against their king,

and became locked in a bloody civil war

lasting for over three years and decimating both armies.

In time, the Knights Templar were drawn into this conflict.

With the help of these highly trained warrior monks,

King John and his royal army were eventually defeated.

It was agreed that John could remain on the throne,

on one condition...

that he would sign a document

upholding the rights and privileges of all free men,

but ultimately limiting the power of the monarchy.

Make it count.

The Magna Carta was sealed at Runnymede

on the 15th of June in the year of our Lord 1215.

It will be remembered throughout history.

What is not remembered is what King John did next.



It's time.


Hyah! Hyah!

England welcomes you.

Does the Pope hold his word?

Oh, how have faith, Captain Tiberius.

His Eminence is waiting to hear you hold to yours.

The Church will stay out of your lands, you have his word.

We'll get your country back.

What say you?

Abbot Marcus. We seek shelter from the storm.

Open the gates!

Come and help.

What business do you have here?

Our business is with God at Canterbury. We need only shelter.

Shelter you shall have. Food also.

You treat the Lord's servants well.

You wear the mark of the Templars, yet you carry no swords.

These men have no more need to fight.

Templars masking their faith and travelling without swords.

How noble!

As God is our witness, Baron, these men have nothing to hide.

Abbot, save your benedictions. The Templars fought against the King.

Now you sleep in a king's castle. These men have plenty to hide.

You there. What say you?

They say nothing. They hold vows of silence.

Templars without tongues. Very well.

Just be gone by the morning.

Back inside!


When I accept guardianship over men who take the vows of silence,

I'm also informed of what led them to me in the first place.

I know the Templars placed a heavy burden on you.

I know you're deeply scarred.

The cross on your tunic

is a symbol of your faith in God's will.

It should not be full of the torment it now bears upon your soul.

When we arrive at Canterbury,

I'm requesting your leave from the Order of the Knights Templar.

Garrison men!

King John!

Men, to the gates! It's the King!

Open the gates for the King!


Marshal, did you see royal colours?

Is that your hand, Darnay?

Forced, Your Highness.

The barons threatened my life, forcing me to sign it and betray you.

I know the feeling.

Hang him!

This insanity must cease.

Open the door. His quarrel is not with us.

If you three stand before the King, there will be nothing but death.

What good fortune, Darnay. It seems you will have your last rites.

My Lord, Templars.

He's travelling en route to Canterbury with Templars.

To what do I owe the pleasure of the Church visiting my castle?

We were in the storm, sire. Baron Darnay granted us your hospitality.

- We? - My fellow priests.

Ah, yes, I heard.


Sire, we entered your castle as unarmed men. We seek no fight.

Are you aware, Abbot,

that your kind stood at Runnymede and forced my signature,

and now you sleep under my roof?

Your Highness, we travel to Canterbury

with simple articles of faith.

I ask your mercy that we may pass.

And I will grant you the same mercy

that the Church and the barons of this country bestowed unto me.

"Do unto others", isn't that right, Abbot?


Don't let him go!


There is worth... every death.

And I will see it now in yours.

- You saw the King? - Yes. And he saw me.


I didn't imagine that even he was capable of such cruelty.

Abbot Marcus was the finest of men.

Tell me, why did he request that you leave the Order?

- Your Grace, I did not wish to be dismissed. - But that's not what I asked.

You were in the Holy Lands?

Hm. Some men have returned from defending our faith

only to find themselves questioning it.

Now you must ask yourself, Thomas.

what is in your heart?

Rebellion or revenge.

I suppose it makes no difference as the King has the devil in his.

I don't care if he's talking to the Pope! I have to see him now!

And as we speak of the devil...

My Lord Archbishop.

They told me about Darnay.

We took John at his word...

and now he raises a b*tch's army with God's teeth.

I'll bow to no king with piss for blood!

Baron William de Albany, Brother Thomas Marshal.

Brother Thomas comes directly from Darnay Castle.

You must forgive our Baron, his tongue is not always so profane.

Now, you should know that Rome sides with the King.

And the Pope would bless what the King did to Abbot Marcus?

More or less.

I am to be excommunicated for writing Magna Carta.

- How long have we got? - God knows.

Your Grace, this...

..king...must be stopped.

I cannot, in all honesty, ask you to fight, Thomas,

but if you choose to take up your sword, you have my blessing.

It's a good omen.

God is with us.

Prince Louis has an army may be persuaded to join us.

Asking the French for help...

that's cursing the blind for the wicked.

If John takes the Dover Road to London

he has to cross the Medway here at Rochester.

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