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Battlefield Scenes. Paintings by Andrew Adams.

Zulu warriors chasing British and local troops trying to escape via Fugitives Drift by Andrew Adams.
A depiction of Isandlwana battlefield by Andrew Adams
Painting depicting Rorkes Drift by Andrew Adams. The Zulus attacked for much of the night.

Battlefield Research Tour Images

These buildings are representations of the original. They are in roughly the same place but not exactly so and are much smarter. The photo does show the defenders had some small folds in the ground on which to base their defence. There is high ground over looking this area from which Zulus could fire down on the defenders but their weapons were old and they were not very effective.
The area of the actual Drift ie crossing at Rorkes Drift. This is where Lt Chard was managing the ferries when he was told a Zulu Army was coming. He went to the small camp nearby taking command about 30 mins before the Zulus arrives.
Isandlwana from Rorkes Drift. This took us 15 mins to drive. Lt Chard got there and back in a morning but it took the oxen wagons ten days to complete the move of stores to the camp at Isandlwana. The British Army moved slowly in 1879. (The Army of the Indus (also 1879) had similar problems as they entered Afghanistan)

Making the Film

Looking south towards Ulundi. The Zulu Army was hidden to the lower left of the photo and Lord Chelmsford was 10 miles further south of to the right of the photo. The folds in the ground were skilfully used by the Zulus who moved whole armies long distances undetected.
Developing the script. If history was data!! a book might be 300 pages each with 30 bits of data. (eg an idea and fact or observation) So a book has 9000 bits of data. A doc film is shorter say 100 bits of data. So the script writing is both research to find new information, but also a massive exercise in curation to make a compelling narrative and the characters have to be chosen to represent the story which must be balanced original and compelling. Big Task!!