A documentary film "Royal Reds" got a special mention for the best pre-search at "Northern Character" television and film festival in Murmansk. Royal Reds is a documentary film directed by Seppo Rustanius. An accomplished director of a number of historical films about the events of 1918, Rustanius has specialised in opening up painful events of the first years of Finnish independence to wider audiences.
Winners of the festival:
Illume Oy proudly presents a documentary film by Seppo Rustanius
Royal Reds – Finns in the British Murmansk Legion 1918-1919
A film about Finnish socialists who at the end of the Civil War in 1918 fled to Soviet Russia. After Lenin's approval, the men and their families joined the British Royal Navy 's 'Finnish Legion', and so the Finns suddenly were in the eye of a wider political storm gripping Europe.
Royal Reds is a documentary film directed by Seppo Rustanius. An accomplished director of a number of historical films about the events of 1918, Rustanius has specialised in opening up painful events of the first years of Finnish independence to wider audiences.
The Finnish Murmansk Legionnaires lived and worked amidst a chaos, in the eye of a storm. The interests of international superpowers and aspirations of small states tugged and pulled the legionnaires in many directions - each powerful side using them to advance their own political and military ends.
In the film we see archive material discovered from sources, such as Imperial War Museum in London, that has not been used in film before, depicting Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and UK during 1918 -1920. Royal Reds unravels the dramatic historical events of 1918-1920 from the Finnish Legionnaires' angle. For a short moment in history the destinies of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk were at the epicentre of World political tremors, as Soviet Union started to find shape, the final moments of World War I gripped traumatised Europe and independent Finnish state was born.
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