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French Connection

Television (Full Length) – 2011

In the northern French town of Le Quesnoy, the names of local streets and landmarks serve notice of a debt to New Zealand. In the final week of World War I Kiwi soldiers freed Le Quesnoy from its German occupiers — thanks partly to a 'magic' ladder, daringly used to scale the town’s 90-foot-high ramparts. Director David Blyth heads to France for the anniversary of Le Quesnoy’s liberation, following the path of one of the liberators: his late grandfather ‘Curly’ Blyth. The doco also includes an interview with Curly, conducted by historian Christopher Pugsley.

The storming of Le Quesnoy becomes almost the cornerstone around which we build New Zealand achievements in the first World War.
– War historian Chris Pugsley, during a speech in Le Quesnoy

Key Cast & Crew

David Blyth

Director, Writer, Producer

Stephen Latty


Alexander Behse


Melanie Bass


Jed Town


Scott Clothworthy


Produced by

ILA Film Productions


ILA Film Productions


Curly Blyth interview made available by George Andrews.


Music composed by Jed Town


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