A Feature Film
A Feature Film
WHITE FRIAR - FEATURE FILM
White Friar is based on the real life of Fr Tom Murphy, an Irish Catholic RAF Military Chaplain, during the Second World War.
Vienna, winter 1944, as the Third Reich begins to crumble Fr. Tom a priest, soldier and charmer, finds himself unexpectedly in occupied Vienna on a mission to get vital intelligence to Allied forces.
In Vienna Father Tom meets Eva Frankel a Hungarian Jew hiding in plain sight. Eva is an enchanting and cultured woman from a wealthy Hungarian family.
Eva and Tom’s relationship while based on deceit becomes a journey to truth.
Through love they discover a commonality of faith reaching back into the histories of their respective traditions.
However, conflict arises between them as they reconcile their experiences of being of service in a time of violence, fear and survival.
Both tender and violent, White Friar is a story of faith, love and service at a pivotal moment in history, as relevant today as it ever was.
There are 3 key female characters in addition to the lead and additional male characters making it a strong ensemble piece.
The characters are well developed and represent a diverse group of people in terms of gender, race, religion and sexuality.
My name is Sam Ra and I am 46 year old woman based in London. My late parents were immigrants, my mother from Ireland, my father from India. I am an a award winning writer and director of film and theatre.
Last year I co-wrote and directed the multi-award winning short film The Taping (2019) and the play You Game, an adaptation of the Tony award winning Sleuth which ran at the Studio Theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the West End.
I am currently in post-production on Bengal Brothers - A Sisters Tale, which is a documentary I shot in India in February this year.
I originally trained at Ravensbourne, University of London, as a tape-operator before working in post-production in London and then in 2015 a Bachelors of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London, where I specialised in Screenwriting.
White Friar will be my first feature film as a director. I am co-writing the script with my writing partner Ivan Murphy.