English gentleman author Rudyard Kipling, famous for the Jungle Book, uses his considerable influence, being on a War Office propaganda think tank, to get his nearly 18 year-old son John 'Jack', admitted for military service during World war I after he is repeatedly refused on account of his bad eyesight. He is enrolled in the Irish Guards: their patriotic dream, but mother and sister's nightmare. After a short officer training course, Jack gets command of a platoon and is posted to the front lines in France. Soon, and just after his 18th birthday, his unit suffers terrible losses and Jack is reported missing. Caroline 'Carrie' Kipling proves unstoppable, pushing Rudyard's influence and half of England to help find out the truth about what happened to their son. When news finally comes, there is far less glory than gore and guilt.
Filmed at Bray Studios in County Wicklow and on location in Ireland and southern England.
NOMINATED: BAFTA Craft Award Best Production Design 2008
WON: BAFTA Craft Award Best Make-up and Hair 2008
WON: Golden FIPA Biarritz Festival, Best Screenplay 2008
NOMINATED: Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, Best Drama 2008.
NOMINATED: Irish Film Awards, Best Single Drama 2008.
WON: Shanghai International TV Festival, Best TV film 2008.