"Arras 1917, the story of the New Zealand Tunnellers"


"Arras 1917, the story of the New Zealand Tunnellers"

Tunnelier en train de creuser la craie des carrières d'Arras
Frédéric Fiolet

A true historical evocation filmed in the Wellington Tunnels, enriched with archive footage, 3D images and accounts from historians and personalities from all over the world, this film is a poignant tribute to the history and role of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company in Arras during the First World War. 

In just 6 months, from October 1916 to April 1917, the Tunnellers dug miles of tunnels with pickaxes to create a veritable underground city, capable of housing up to 24,000 soldiers, in preparation for a surprise attack unprecedented in military history, the Battle of Arras, launched on 9 April 1917.

Directed by Frédéric Fiolet, script by Gautier Dubois.

A Kwanza and FF Production production, in co-production with Arras Pays d’Artois TourismeBFM Grand LillePictanovo and Provestis.
With the support of Région Hauts-de-France and the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée.
Les vendredis et samedis à 18h30 – Durée : 52 mn – Film en français