David Bartlett
United Kingdom, 2019


Original English version


Berlin 1936. Hitler will soon host the Olympics, and the streets are being “cleansed” of Jews and Roma – “Gypsies”. Inside a dying Kabarett club, seven-year-old Romni Helene hides in a wardrobe, concealed by tap-dancer Katharina who plans to escape the poison of Nazism and take Helene to America – where everyone is welcome, no matter the colour of their skin. But Helene won’t rest. Sneaking about unseen, the little mouse sees everything – a dancing devil, a nervous stage-manager, an alcoholic “new age Nazi” comedian. And the arrival of awkward Nazi conscript, Otto. Finding his feet as a newly-empowered thug, he clumsily makes a pass at Katharina, but greater jeopardy awaits as he discovers the little mouse. Only the child’s ingenuity and talent will save her now…


David Bartlett began his career as a director at the BBC – his first drama work as director of landscape photography for Happy Birthday Shakespeare. His first film drama The Goodbye Plane was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Alongside hit American shows such as Locked Up Abroad, Dangerous Persuasions (his episode Highway to Hate winning a CSC Award for Best Cinematography) and Paranormal Witness for SyFy, David has directed the BBC’s prime-time Casualty and written and directed acclaimed dramatizations of The Great Train Robbery, The Assassination of JFK and The Hitler Diaries for the BBC. David also wrote and directed TV feature Trial of the Knights Templar for Channel Five and Granada International, and was recently lead writer and drama director on Race For The White House for CNN and Netflix.


Director: David Bartlett,
First assistant director: Matt Lawson
Script: David Bartlett
Cinematography: Paul Kirsop
Editing: Duncan Moir
Music: Jack Arnold
Art Director: Kelly-Anne Robson
Casting Director: Michelle Holmes
Costume: Mary-Jane Reyner,
Make-up and hair designer: Laura Schalker
Production Design: Mark Paine
Cast: Sasha Watson-Lobo, CJ Johnson, Jack Bennett, Joshua Lay, Nichole Bird, Somi de Souza, Nigel Cooke, Robert Gill
Production: Will Poole


MONDAY, 18:00, followed by a Q&A with the director