Based on a True Story is a short comedy/drama written and directed by Peter Davies, produced by Katie Sales and edited by Zoe Dun. It was completed as their graduation piece from Bournemouth University in 2009.
After witnessing the massacre of his family and the destruction of his village, Yaroslav Garkusha is invited by filmmakers to come to England to make a film based on these terrible events. Eager to tell his story to the world, Yaroslav accepts – entrusting his tale wholeheartedly to a producer, director and screenwriter all too keen to make his tale appeal to a ‘wider audience’.
We follow Yaroslav through each stage of the films production. Facing compromises, inflated egos, the filmmakers’ obsession with profits, and constant rewrites, we watch as he struggles to keep the details of his story intact.