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(Narrative, United Kingdom) THE LAST WITNESS is a political thriller based on the harrowing true events of the Katyn Massacre in Spring 1940. In post-WW2 England, ambitious journalist Stephen Underwood (Alex Pettyfer) comes across a disturbing spate of suicides by Polish soldiers. Sensing a story, his first port of call is Colonel Janusz Pietrowski, a Liaison Officer for the re- settlement of Polish troops under British command, but the meeting with Pietrowski leaves Stephen unsettled, and from here his 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.
Intended for Mature Audiences (contains depictions of violence, adult sitiuaitons)
Director: Piotr Szkopiak
THE LAST WITNESS is Piotr Szkopiak’s second feature film.
Piotr’s first feature SMALL TIME OBSESSION had a UK theatrical release in 2000 and was selected to play in competition at the British and Irish Film Festival in Cherbourg, France, and as part of the UK Film Series in New Zealand. International sales include Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Both Variety and the UK’s Guardian described him as “a director to watch”.
Piotr works regularly as a director in television drama, most recently as lead director on BBC crime drama Shakespeare & Hathaway. Piotr has also directed The Coroner, Father Brown, Heartbeat, Casualty, Doctors, EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, for which he was twice nominated for BAFTA TV Awards.