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Letters from Drancy

Venice Immersive
Darren Emerson
All Seeing Eye, East City Films
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Main Cast:
Sam Gallacher, Rosie Bell, Wanda Cowan, Matthew Churcher, Betty Emerson, Helen Jenkinson, Tom Scurr
Chris McKeeman, Jon Boyce, Andrew Yardley, Joe Farris, Conan Roberts
1.618 Digital, Oliver Kadel, Christodoulos Procopio, Simon Garrette, Jeremy Christen
Main creator:Darren Emerson
Art direction:Jon Boyce, Ollie Lindsey
Lead developer:Adam Child, Robin North
Designers:Adam Neville, Hayley Ford
Technical team:Target 3D, Transmission TX, Sarah Perry, Andrew Yardley, Manuella Trollé, Sidni Brener, Joe Farris, Chris Gough


Letters from Drancy is a poignant virtual reality experience that illuminates the power of an unbreakable bond between a mother and her daughter during the Holocaust. Filmed on location in Paris and Normandy in France, Letters from Drancy allows audiences to accompany Marion Deichmann on her daring childhood journey across the borders of Northern Europe, her heartbreaking separation from her mother, her escape with help from the French Resistance in Paris, and her vivid memories of the D-Day bombings in Normandy. Marion’s story is full of loss and longing, but also of the persevering love that endures throughout her life. It is a profound story of courage from those who selflessly offer humanity in the face of hatred.

Main Creator's Statement

When I first met Marion in Chicago in 2022 I was instantly captivated by her incredible story. What struck me straight away was her elegance and poise, her ability to communicate her childhood recollections with nuance and clarity. Most of all I was struck by the incredible love and connection Marion still had with her mother Alice, with whom she was separated over eighty years ago. In many ways Letters from Drancy is a universal love story about the bonds we forge with those that are forever part of us. It is about loss, courage, resilience, acceptance, and forgiveness. It has been an honour and privilege for everyone involved to tell Marion’s story, and an experience I will never forget.



PRODUCTION: Ashley Cowan, Micaela Blitz, Darren Emerson – East City Films
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E10 5DJ – London, United Kingdom
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PRESS OFFICE: Darren Emerson
15 Glynde Street
SE4 1RU – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 7813805577

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