As we watched the show for the stage being created in the studio, we became aware that here were characters and choreography that demanded both the scale and intimacy that only film can bring. We were determined to bring this particular story to the big screen.Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, Directors
Following on from the immensely successful stage show Young Men – co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and 14-18 NOW, with choreography by Iván Pérez and music by Keaton Henson – BalletBoyz Artistic Directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt adapted the work from the stage to the big screen in their feature film debut. Shot entirely on location in France with a re-worked musical score and production design, Young Men, the film, is a bold and powerful silent period drama that tells the story of young men who fight in and ultimately are consumed by war.
In September 2017 the film won the Rose d’Or award in the Arts Category, an award which rewards originality, quality and creativity and sets the gold standard of excellence in entertainment programming. The film also received a nomination for the highly renowned Golden Prague award.
Young Men is commissioned by BBC Music and is part of 14-18 NOW