The Missing Highlander
TO BE RELEASED ON JUNE 28, 2022 - This feature documentary was shot in the middle of the covid pandemic, with no budget, and no crew!
76 years after they were written, a collection of letters from the Second World War caught the attention of the 34-year-old historian and French author Clément Horvath: In the summer of 1944, a British soldier mentioned his nephew Joe, posted as missing in action shortly after the D-Day landings... What had happened to him?
The author turned filmmaker embarked on a long investigation full of twists and turns, from the archives to the former battlefields of the little-known and disastrous Operation Epsom. Using rare archive footage, exclusive interviews (veterans, witnesses, experts...) and re-enactment scenes shot where the real action took place, his self-produced documentary ‘‘The Missing Highlander’’ tells the true story of Joe, gives an insight into the research work that led to the discovery of his fate, and pays tribute to the men and women who fell for our freedom.
Clément Horvath. Clément Horvath is a Frenchman with a great interest in the history of the Second World War, specializing in the correspondence of Allied soldiers. It all started at an early age when his father took him to the American cemetery in Colleville... Since then, he dedicates most of his time to the memory of the men and women who sacrificed everything to get rid of nazism and fascism.
More than 15 years of collecting WWII memorabilia led to the publication of his first book Till Victory: The Second World War by those who were there (Pen & Sword Books, 2020), based on its French version, a bestseller awarded in January 2020 with a History Prize in the presence of HRH Caroline of Hanover and First Lady Brigitte Macron. Following the publication of a Tome 2, a series of podcasts (his interviews of British and American veterans) and a few short videos on his Till Victory Youtube channel (such as "Red Beret & Dark Chocolate"), Clément embarked in the fall of 2020 on the production of his first feature-length investigative documentary, The Missing Highlander.
It was a real challenge: as a designer by trade and video enthusiast, he opted to work on his own from writing to post-production, including camera work, sound recording, and even the composition of the soundtrack... With no budget at all other than spare change for gas, and armed with just three DSLR cameras and three microphones that he operated on his own, he traveled around Normandy in search of answers with one ambition: to release his film for the 78th anniversary of Joe’s disappearance, and thus honor his memory.