A 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; priest, soldier, charmer, meets Eva Frankel a Hungarian Jew hiding in plain sight. Eva is an enchanting, cultured and well educated woman from a wealthy Hungarian family.
Their relationship while based on deceit becomes a journey of truth, as they discover their commonality of faith and the similarities 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.
A story of faith, love and service at a pivotal moment in history, as relevant today as it ever was.
Principal Photography - Winter 2020
Sam Ra and Ivan Murphy.
Sam Ra is a London based award winning screenwriter, film director and producer.
Most recently she co-wrote, co-produced 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.
Sam trained firstly 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 she specialised in Screenwriting.
Sam was born in London to Indian and Irish immigrants.