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But here there is no light by Alan Bradburne

Feature Film / Drama

Screenplay Alan Bradburne

 

SHORT SUMMARY

"But Here There is no Light" is a dramatic love story. It is set in the concentration camp of Auschwitz and tells the story of Eva, a prisoner in the camp, and her developing friendship with other women who suffer the same fate.

Eva's life changes drastically though when Markus, an influential and particularly brutal officer at the camp, takes an interest in her and starts courting Eva with presents and privileges. Despite what Markus stands for Eva cannot help being drawn to him. But can she allow herself to give into her growing passion for a man killing those closest to her?

THEME

What is friendship, what is love, what are the principles defining one's very being worth in a horrific place like Auschwitz?

"But Here There is no Light" is the love story of Eva and Markus and Eva has to decide whether she can permit herself to get close to a man responsible for killing thousands. Should she take advantage of Markus' interest in her?

Eva's relationship with Markus is only the beginning though. Again and again Eva faces the decision whether to risk her life to help a friend or to risk sacrificing that friend's life to save her own. She chooses her own survival and has to bear the consequences.

"But Here There is no Light" tells of the unbelievable horrors and atrocities at Auschwitz but it does so by concentrating on the relationships between the women prisoners, revealing Auschwitz to be a place that can bring out the worst in everyone even in those who suffer most.

DETAILED SUMMARY

"But Here There is no light" is a dramatic love story, set in the concentration camp of Auschwitz.

Eva, a young Jewish woman, is thrown into the horrific world of the concentration camp as a prisoner along with her childhood friend Maria. Inside the camp they are befriended by a group of girls that include Tanja, a fast-thinking gypsy and Anna, a proud Jew.

Eva's relationship with Markus is only the beginning though. Again and again Eva faces the decision whether to risk her life to help a friend or to risk sacrificing that friend's life to save her own. She chooses her own survival and has to bear the consequences.The growing friendship and companionship among the women helps Eva to see through every day of being treated as a slave, of being abused and threatened. However, Eva's world is altered irredeemably when she attracts the attentions of Markus a vicious and high-ranking officer at the camp. Markus lavishes gifts and attention upon her trying to improve her situation.

At the same time Eva gets the chance to work at a warehouse called "Kanada" where clothes are sorted and corruption is rife. By working there and receiving help through Markus Eva's existence improves considerably. Although Eva tries to make sure that she shares her perks with her friends as much as she can, Maria, Tanja and Anna look at her more and more suspiciously and their relationship shows first cracks. How much can Eva sacrifice of herself and her beliefs in order to survive? How much does she owe to her friends?

WRITER'S NOTES

By Alan Bradburne

Whilst the setting of Auschwitz would garner the more immediate attention I see "But Here There is no Light" as a love story, love under the most suffocating and unromantic conditions.

That love could even exist at Auschwitz is the unique angle that inspired me to write the screenplay. Many scripts have been written covering the question of "why" regarding the Holocaust. What I am in interested in is showing the workings of the world that existed inside a concentration camp; the people and their interactions and the relationships that form.

It was never my intention to write a story about Auschwitz. And whilst I have made every attempt to be emotionally and historically accurate I feel the characters are the central aspect, the story is moulded and driven by them.

A central theme of the story is that there are no heroes and the choices the characters make are often in their own interest. This is due to the most testing of conditions under which they exist, and their individual necessities for survival. It is also a story of the abuse of power and how the purist person can be corrupted by their world, be it financially, sexually or emotionally.

In the end, amidst the death, squalor and suffering, the script is about the need for love which exists inside every human being, and the power of that love to supersede even the darkest beliefs and ideologies.

 

 

 

 

   

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