For The Fallen

Project Partners

Viola Films, Royal Engineers Museum, Blue Town Heritage Centre

Funding Partners

Heritage Lottery Fund(HLF), IdeasTest( Creative People and Places)


About Us

In February 2013, a group of people came together with one question in mind “What if we forget?” With the First World War moving out of living memory what does that mean for us? Could anything like it happen again?The result of this meeting was an experimental documentary film called ‘Time Bleeds’. The participants of this project were taken back to World War One through a series of method acting workshops to answer these questions.

Now one year later Violafilms has formed a unique collaboration with the Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham & Blue Town Heritage Centre, Isle of Sheppey funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund & IdeasTest to create ‘For the Fallen’. The project offers the chance for you to make your own films that ask the question ‘What happens if we forget?’ Uncover untold stories that have lain dormant for a century and be inspired to tell your own tales with a contemporary edge.

Why do this?

For millennia the human race has passed on stories from generation to generation be it written down in words or by word of mouth and in more modern times by moving image. It’s how we learn and it’s how we grow. This is your chance to give your own unique spin on history and to do your part in making sure we never forget those stories that need to be told.

Project Partners

The Royal Engineers Museum
Blue Town Heritage Center


Established in 2011 by Writer Director Samuel Supple and Producer Debra McGee, Kent based Viola films aim is to make film provoking for our audience with a talented and vibrant production and development team.

Since their inception they have made two short films Magwitch a prequel to Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Time Bleeds’ commemorating World War One and challenging its audience with the question of ‘What happens if we forget?’ Both films have played to national and international acclaim with ‘TimeBleeds’ inspiring the ‘For the Fallen’ project. In addition Viola films education arm, Violalab, runs programmes to develop filmmaking skills and offers internships on its own productions.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @Violafilms or watch on Vimeo

The Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive is Kent’s largest military museum. It holds its own Designated Collection of historical and international importance. The numerous galleries tell the story of Britain’s military engineers from the Roman period to the modern Corps of Royal Engineers. The millions of items in its collection showcase courage, creativity and innovation. Hear about the stories of individuals of great renown (General Gordon, Lord Kitchener, John Chard VC), as well as the average Sapper who has helped the British Army move, fight and survive for over 200 years.

There is something for everyone; armoured vehicles, a Harrier Jump Jet and even a V2. As well as rare silks from China, exquisite jewellery made by Zulu warriors and a super photographic collection.

For more information, please click here.

The Blue Town Heritage Centre (BTHC) started in 2009 when Ian and Jenny Hurkett discovered that the building they had bought to develop a kitchen showroom business, had formerly been the Criterion Music Hall from 1868 to 1917.

They went about restoring the Music Hall and developing a heritage centre and cinema on the site, as well as setting up tours around the Isle of Sheppey, a tea room and gift shop.

They have done this all voluntarily, with the help of many other volunteers and the community of Sheppey and from nothing they now bring in 12,000 visitors a year, many come for the Music Hall shows as well as the history.

For more information, please click here.

Funding Partners

Heritage Lottery Fund
Ideas Test


The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage through innovative investment in projects with a lasting impact on people and places. As the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage, with around £375million a year to invest in new projects and a considerable body of knowledge, we are also a leading advocate for the value of heritage to modern life. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our heritage. Since 1994, HLF has supported just over 36,000 projects allocating more than £5.9billion across the UK.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) which was given the responsibility of distributing a share of money raised through the National Lottery for Good Causes, to heritage across the UK, in 1994. We are a non-departmental public body accountable to Parliament via the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

For more information, please click here.

IDEAS TEST (‘Creative People and Places: Swale and Medway) is an action research programme developed by a group of individuals from grass roots local organisations. Our aim is to find new routes into creativity and the arts, embedded with and led by local people. We are a testing bed, a place to experiment with new ways of doing things, try out ideas and take risks. We will work with professional and amateur groups and individuals inside and outside the arts.

For more information, please click here.


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On Saturday 29th March, Saturday 5th April & Saturday 12th April 11am-5pm 2014 we shall be running film making & heritage masterclasses with top historians and industry professionals from the film & TV industry



Every week we will be looking at a different discipline within the realm of film making plus we take a look back to one hundred years ago, inspiring you with stories of heroes, heroines and really interesting stuff to start you on your quest to find your own special story! From flying aces to German spies, underage soldiers to white feathers and why the girls gave them out- they’re all there!

We’ve even arranged FREE Transport to help get you to the venues which can be booked when you apply PLUS Networking Opportunities during the day to help you find a crew if you need one or just want to connect with new people.

The Sessions

Acting                    Cinematography                      Directing 

Editing                      Make Up                                 Writing 

Finding your story 


Apply Now

Download the form here  and return to Rebecca Gazey, Community Engagement and Learning Officer at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive or send to : Royal Engineers Museum Prince Arthur Road,Gillingham, Kent, ME4 4UG

The Challenge

Create your own short film inspired by the people and events of World War One.

We’re not necessarily looking for historic pieces but your take on the Challenge rules.

Films can be of any genre – horror to comedy, drama to documentary , contemporary or period, it’s up to you

Take the Challenge and Enter NOW!

Download you application form here
Films must be no longer than 10 minutes including credits
For full Challenge details & rules and how to enter click here


The Judging panel votes for:

Best Live Action Short Film

Best Documentary Short Film

Best Director

Best Cinematographer

Best Sound

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Editing

Best Screenplay

Best Special Effects

Best Schools Film

Best Film- Audience Vote

Judges to be announced shortly – watch this space!
Prizes to be announced shortly!


Gala Night Premiere for Shortlisted Nominees in the above categories and voting for the People’s Choice

Thursday 17 July 7-9pm

Royal Engineers Museum Prince Arthur Road Gillingham Kent ME4 4UG

01634 822312

For the Fallen Film Festival Plus the For the Fallen Awards Ceremony (5-7pm)

Saturday 19 July 2-7pm

Blue Town Heritage Centre 69 High St, Sheerness ME12 1RW

01795 662981

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Contact Us

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