Leave No One Behind
Single screen installation, 31 minutes, 2023
Returning to a field of battle, but one that took place over 200 years before they were born, a team of veterans and archaeologists uncover the second skeleton to be found from the Battle of Waterloo. Painstakingly revealing a possible former soldier, they endeavour to piece together his representation, for both solidarity and for remembrance. Leave No One Behind is co-produced with the Veterans at Waterloo Uncovered. One of three films produced for the unique Stories in Transition project, exploring the role of arts, sport and culture activities in supporting military-to-civilian transition.
Captured through a relationship of deep listening and dialogue, the veterans digging with Waterloo Uncovered offer us alternative understandings of the Veteran experience. Their personal stories emerge as they find their place as part of the team. This renewed sense of purpose allows for reflection upon their past narratives while forging new identities with which to move forward. The Stories in Transition Project is a multi-disciplinary research collaboration between Anglia Ruskin University, University of Exeter, Manchester Metropolitan University, and University of the Arts, London and is funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council.