A cinematic story as the Abergavenny Museum reveals The British Resistance in Wales

By Culture24 Reporter | 15 November 2011
A photo of a soldier in profile
Exhibition: The British Resistance in Wales, Abergavenny Museum, Abergavenny, until February 25 2012

If the Nazis had prevailed in the Second World War, a group of auxiliary units would have been left to try and sabotage their advance through Britain.

Under the umbrella of the British Resistance, this secretly-organised movement is the subject of a major film based on poet and writer Owen Sheers’ novel, Resistance, which goes on general release later this month.

It imagines a past where the D-Day landings failed and Britain became occupied, set in the Olchon Valley.

Sheers grew up and went to school in Abergavenny, making the premise of this show all the more compelling.

"We felt the combination of a fascinating subject, brought to life by a local author and the pending film release made this the ideal time to stage an exhibition," explains curator Rachael Rogers, who has worked closely with Sheers and the producers of the film.

Key exhibits include costumes and art from the shoots, early first drafts of the novel, a documentary about the units and extracts from the forthcoming feature itself.

"We have been privileged to work with the families of those men who were part of the Resistance, who have generously lent us original artefacts," she adds.

This is a story from a corner of Wales which is about to gain a lot more exposure.

  • Open 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm (except Sunday). Admission free. Visit Coleshill House to find out more.

Pictures from the film:

A photo of a film poster for a film called Resistance, showing a soldier and his lover against the backdrop of the Welsh valleys
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A photo of Nazi soldiers standing in a field with tents in the background
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A photo of a bloodied man in a coat staggering through a field
© Jules Heath / Double by Getty Images
A photo from a film showing a man pointing a gun at another man inside a room
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A photo from a film showing two women embracing in a field
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