37 Days is a new, three-part factual drama which reveals the complex behind-closed-doors story of the final weeks before the outbreak of World War I. Filmed entirely in Northern Ireland with a stellar cast, this political thriller which follows the catastrophic chain of events that led from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on August 4.
This tense and gripping series, set among the corridors of power in Whitehall and Berlin, tracks the unfolding crisis through the eyes of leading politicians and civil servants who are struggling to prevent the world's first global war. This impending disaster did not happen by chance, and victory (as recognized by history) was not a foregone conclusion. It took considerable effort, exemplary ingenuity, as well as fortuitous events to destroy a system that had kept the general peace in Europe for the 99 years that followed the Battle of Waterloo and the fall of Napoleon. With Sinéad Cusack.
This series is being shown to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of "The war to end all wars."Directed by Justin Hardy, United Kingdom, 2014, 155 mins. Filmmaker site Director statement The Independent