There’s a new official teaser poster and a plot synopsis for The Last Witness, the upcoming post-World War II thriller movie directed by Piotr Szkopiak based on a script he co-wrote with Paul Szambowski and starring Alex Pettyfer:
To discover the truth, first uncover the past.
“In post-war England, journalist Stephen Underwood (Alex Pettyfer) is keen to prove his worth. Working for a local newspaper he spends his days covering weddings and funerals while always on the lookout for a story that will catapult him into the big league. When he comes across the suicide of a Polish soldier from a nearby Displaced Persons Camp his journalistic instincts kick in, sensing something isn’t quite right, and his first port of call is to question Colonel Janusz Pietrowski, a Liaison Officer for the re-settlement of Polish troops under British command. Their meeting leaves Stephen unsettled – something just doesn’t quite ring true.
Stephen’s lover is Jeanette Mitchell, a Junior Commander in the Auxiliary Territorial Service working under Captain John Underwood, Stephen’s brother. Trapped in a marriage of convenience with a military intelligence officer, she shares Stephen’s dream of escape. It is during one of their clandestine meetings that Stephen witnesses a confrontation between a local farmer and Michael Loboda, a new arrival at the Camp, during which Loboda lets slip that he is Russian…not Polish.
Sensing a twist, Stephen questions Loboda to find out why he is posing as a Polish refugee. Loboda reacts aggressively but tries to give nothing further away. Later, unbeknownst to Loboda, Stephen discovers he is hiding a small cash-box containing a blood stained diary…
From here, Stephen’s investigation escalates as he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous, multi-layered conspiracy concerning the execution of 22,000 Polish military and civilians by Stalin’s secret police.
This is a fictional re-imagining of a bloody, heart-breaking, true tale. One that has been covered up for far too long.”
If you’re wondering what massacre they’re talking about, well it’s the Katyn massacre, a series of mass executions of Polish nationals carried out by Soviet Russia in April and May 1940 under Stalin’s orders. Stalin then cunningly accused the Nazis of doing it… More about this atrocious crime thansk to Russia Today in this video:
Truth Is Out: Katyn massacre carried out on Stalin’s direct orders
Besides Alex Pettyfer, the cast also includes Robert Wieckiewicz, Michael Gambon, and Henry Lloyd Hughes.
The film has yet to get an official release date.
Stay tuned with us for more details about the movie The Last Witness.