The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917

Synopsis: Documentary-drama recounting the Martian War of 1913 - 1917. Europe was on tenterhooks in the 2nd decade of the 20th century, everyone was expecting a Great War between the major European powers. But then, in 1913, something crashed into the forests of SW Germany. Troops were sent to investigate but were wiped out. Martian fighting machines began making their way across Western Europe and the countries of Europe combined forces to resist them. With aspects taken from "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells and from WWI itself, this dramatisation presents a documentary style look at events as they unfolded and the effect they had of our world today. Lots of references to real events including the mass attacks and defeats as men were thrown against machines on the Western front, the Christmas truce and the Angel of Mons, America's isolationism and late entry into the conflict, the worldwide "Spanish" flu epidemic that killed more people than the war, and many other things.
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, War
Director(s): Mike Slee
  2 nominations.
90 min

these fields

were the bloody arena

for the most terrible

conflict in human history

In 1913, an alien

invasion shook the world

and hurled it into an

unimaginable future.

The next four years

of ferocious combat

has forever marked this ground

as the land of the vanished.

We were fighting monsters.

There was life

beyond our planet.

It went completely

against everything

I'd been raised to believe.

I'm standing feet away

from this huge dome,

the cockpit sticking out of the

earth like a half-closed eye.

No one had fought a war

remotely like this one before.

An entire

generation of young men,

all of them vanished.

I'll never stop hating

them for what they did.

2013 is the hundredth

anniversary of the outbreak

of the Great Martian War -

a conflict unequalled

in devastation

and often mired in controversy.

But the lost legacy

of a forgotten hero,

unearthed only last year

might just ignite the

biggest controversy of all.

My great grandfather,

he died about nine years

before I was even born.

He was Anishinaabe man,

traditional man,

and he kept to himself,

so I never really knew

much about him at all.

Lafonde's great grandfather Gus

was a First Nations

Canadian soldier.

His youth was spent fighting

on the Martian front line.

His final years were spent

in this remote cabin.

The things that

are inside of that cabin

have been there for years

It changes everything -

everything we know

about the war,

and everything that we

know about the enemy.

What Kim found in

her great grandfather's cabin

may shed light on a dark warning

from our alien invaders.

And for this man,

it's both a blessing

and a curse.

Historian Lawrence Hart

has spent his entire career

attempting to decipher

the alien texts

recovered after the war

the so called 'Martian code'.

He believes Gus Lafonde'

obsessive study

has cracked the code

and finally given a voice

to the alien invaders.

I have been intrigued

by the mysteries of this

impenetrable alien text.

And though a lot of

people have tried,

no one has been able to break

what they call the Martian code.

For Hart,

the revelations hidden

within the Martian texts

cast the invasion in

a shocking new light.

They confirm a threat

he has long suspected.

On its 100th anniversary

we expose the truth behind

the Great Martian War.

We finished it.

We killed the bastards..

But I don't know.

When I close my eyes...

I don't feel it's all over.

Here is where it all began -

London's Herne Hill observatory.

Through this telescope,

on the night of the

24th of June 1913,

astronomers observe a

mysterious speck of light

close to the planet

Mars and moving fast...

towards earth.

Two days later,

the world would change forever.

An enormous shockwave,

emanating from a

single blast point,

is felt all across Europe

War historian and broadcaster

Duncan Mitchell Myers

takes up the story.

It soon became apparent

where the shock had been

most strongly felt...

in the Bohemian Forest.

This forest at

the centre of the blast

is deep within

the German Empire.

Relations between Germany

and its European neighbours

have been tense for many years,

and with the observations from

Herne Hill going unreported,

everyone jumps to a very

dangerous conclusion.

This looks like the beginning

of the rush to war

that everybody's been expecting.

The Kaiser angrily

denies German responsibility.

He orders his troops

into the Bohemian Forest

to uncover the truth.

The men enter the

area on July the 3rd.

They never return.

No one in Europe

knew what happened

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