Award-Winning Poetry Film: Home to the Hangers (2017)

A short film that celebrates the centenary of Edward Thomas, the nature and World War One poet from Hampshire.

  • Role Production Company
  • For Directors UK Alexa Challenge 2017
  • Date Completed April 2017
  • Type Short Film
  • URL
  • Alexa Mini Anamorphic prime lenses

Emerging from the fog of war.

This short also features in the official trailer:


Selected for the Purbeck Shorts Competition at the Purbeck Film Festival on 19 October

Selected for Imperial War Museum with three screenings in London: 25 & 26 October at noon and 28 October at 1300. Please come and see the film and vote for it in the Audience Award. A good excerpt of this short features in the official trailer for the festival.

Selected for the Southampton International Film Festival with a screening on 20 October 2018.
Nominated: Best British Short Film and Best Costume Design.

Selected for the Juteback Poetry Film Festival with a screening on 19 September 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Selected for the Exit 6 Film Festival with a world premiere screening on 29 September 2018 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK

Private Screening: by the Edward Thomas Fellowship to their members on 22 September 2018.

The Trailer

NOMINATED: for Best British Short Film and Best Costume Design

Poet Edward Thomas who loved and lived on the Hangers in Hampshire.

Alex Bartram portrayed Edward Thomas. Photo by Paul Smith.

Screening 19 October 2018 in Wareham, Dorset, UK

2017: this project is selected as one of the six winners in the Directors UK Alexa Challenge on the theme of Anniversary. This film marks the centenary of poet Edward Thomas' death in 1917.

The prize included the use of an Alexa Mini camera and a set of anamorphic lenses plus additional bursaries for hire, insurance, location and transport.

Having secured permission to film from Hampshire County Council, the shoot took place on 14/15 March 2017.

The film was completed on 27 April 2017, and screened at a Directors UK/ARRI event on 8 May 2017 alongside the other five winners.

The cast & crew include:

Edward Thomas: Alex Bartram
Writer, Director: A D Cooper
Producer: A D Cooper & Kate Rowland
Casting Director: Annie Rowe CDG
Cinematographer: Candida Richardson
1st Assistant Director: Steve McCarten
Focus Puller: Chris Hayden
Steadicam: Rob Hart
Make Up: Sarah Grundy
Wardrobe: Eve Oakley
Smoke Effects: Will Glancy
Editor: Gary Tobyn
Sound Design & Foley Artists: Mahoney Audio Sound
Voice Recording Engineer: Michael Bennett
Composer: Henry Bird
Colourist: Jon Dobson
Stills Photographer: Julian Bajzert

Costumes provided by Hampshire Wardrobe
Filters provided by Tiffen
Other camera and lighting equipment provided by AimImage

Many people helped with this project and we’re enormously grateful for their wisdom and support. These include Donna Cooper, Johnny Griffith, Gillian Tully, Martin Brierley, Michael Shelton, Paige Chaytor, Rupert Baker, Guy Fairbank, Sarah Culverhouse and Bob Boyle.


Premiered on 29 September

The poster created by John Mundy using stills taken by Julian Bajzert.

Is he a deserter? Is he shell shocked?

Photo by Julian Bajzert.

Second Lieutenant P E Thomas on embarkation leave in early spring 1917. Looking older than his 39 years. Photo from the Edward Thomas Fellowship.

Screening 19 October in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

The 1,000 yard stare.

Photo by Julian Bajzert.

The Rackham-Like tree.

Photo by Julian Bajzert.

“It is strikingly beautiful and Alex Bartram portrays and reads him wonderfully. A refreshingly hopeful reading of ‘Lights Out’ too, and I loved the attention to the small, intimate parts of his life and landscape together with the spaciousness of the vistas – both very much part of his symbolic topographies.”
Julia Maxted of the Edward Thomas Fellowship,
and Edward Thomas' great granddaughter

The chalky pool in the River Ash. Photo by Julian Bajzert.

Connecting with nature. Photo by Julian Bajzert.

Photo by Julian Bajzert

It is not spring yet. Spring is being dreamed…

Sarah Grundy, make up artist, muddies up actor Alex Bartram. Photo by Julian Bajzert.

A sense of the terrain and the army of helpers and carriers needed for the location in the aptly named village of Steep.

A private screening to Edward Thomas Fellowship members on 22 September 2018

Facebook Page:

Twitter Hashtag: #HometotheHangers

This is a link to the Directors UK website with information about all six winners in the Alexa Challenge and how they approached their projects.

Watching the action on the monitor.

The weary camera crew at the end of the second day after lugging kit up the hill again.

The cast & crew at the end of the shoot. Stills photographer Julian Bajzert holds yet another smoke bomb aloft.

A unique quartet of musicians create the atmospheric sound track written by Henry Bird. A sample is next on this page.

Part of the sound track created by Henry Bird for this film.

Actor Alex Bartram records the voice over poem by Edward Thomas with Michael Bennett at the sound desk at ID Audio.

Local news coverage of the shoot published 22.3.17.

The article itself on Page 3 of The Petersfield Post .

The DVDs using designs by John Mundy and stills by Julian Bajzert