Student Produced WW1 Short Film “Ralph” Wins Kubrick Award

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21-year-old film maker Matthew Lightstone’s  new short film “Ralph” recounts the death of his 17-year-old great-great uncle Ralph Howell killed in France in September 1916.  Partly filmed on location in the village of Ruardean, Gloucestershire, England, where Howell grew up,  “Ralph” also recreates trench scenes from the Western Front and has recently won the Stanley Kubrick Award from the University of Hertforshire.

A trench scene being shot during the making of the short film "Ralph"

A trench scene being shot during the making of the short film “Ralph”

Born in November 1898, Ralph Howell worked as a miner before enlisting in the British Army at age 16.  He and several others were killed when an artillery shell collapsed the communication trench they were repairing on September 8, 1916.  Howell’s body was never found.  Film maker Lightstone was drawn to the story which had been passed down through the family.

For more information, and to view the official trailer, see the story from The Gloucestershire Echo here.

To view the short feature “Ralph – Behind the Scenes” click here.