Welcome to Relsah Productions
We are an independent film and television production company based in Brighton.
Our first feature film ‘Charlie’s Letters’ premiered in May as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, showcasing some of the youngest and most exciting local talent and depicting a true WWII Brighton story. It is now heading to Edinburgh Fringe – more details announced soon!
We also have two documentaries currently in production also showcasing never before seen Brighton based stories, more details below.
Shot over five countries and three years in the making comes aspiring Brighton-born director Elliott Hasler’s epic depiction of his great-grandfather, Charlie Standing’s experiences in WW2.
Charlie was a Private in the Royal Hampshire Regiment, and in 1943 was sent to Tunisia where he was subsequently captured durning the ferocious battle of Sidi Nsir.
He was then sent to various camps in Italy as a POW and after the signing of the Italian Armistice, simply walked out of the camp; alone and in an alien world, miles from home. Over the next 18 months he journeyed south, evading Germans, living with peasants and fighting with the underground resistance.
Coming Soon – Mayor of Brighton Documentary
We’re very pleased to announce our TV documentary, The Mayor of Brighton – Pete West 2016/17, is to be shown on Latest TV Freeview Channel 7 on 27th February at 11.00 pm and 2nd March at 10.00 pm.
What exactly does a Mayor do?
The new documentary from Elliott Hasler strives to answer this in his latest documentary providing a unique, never before seen insight into the great work done by Brighton’s Mayor Councillor Pete West, throughout the city of Brighton and Hove.
Along with exclusive footage, such as a one off interview by radio personality Chris Evans and a meeting with Brighton’s Syrian refugee community, this promises to be the documentary event of the year.
Testimonials – See What the Industry are Saying About Us
“Hasler has pulled off a miracle, given the film’s girth and the richness of narrative on the home front, in North Africa, and in Italy. The last of the three significant combat scenes, during which Charlie has to blast his way out of trouble, has the brevity and brutality of a Samuel Fuller firefight. …What a phenomenal achievement Charlie’s Letters is for a schoolboy director! Aside from Hasler’s ambition, the most exciting aspect of his film is his ability to tell a story visually without over-reliance on talk. Five years from now, he could be a world-beater… This 17 year old Brit might be the next Steven Spielberg”
Graham Fuller – Film Critic
“I have been lucky enough to come across a local young man, Elliott Hasler, who has great talent as a film director. Elliott has been filming my mayoral year and I have got to know him very well. Elliott is working on a film celebrating his great grandfather, Charlie, called Charlies Letters, which will be premiered in this years Brighton Festival… Elliott has written and directed the and at 16 will be the youngest ever feature film director to show his work in the Brighton Festival.”
Councillor Pete West – Mayor of Brighton & Hove
“Elliott Hasler is an awesome talent – a young director with a very exciting future. Not only does he know what he wants to achieve on film, he seems to have learnt at a very young age that there are more effective ways of going about it than banging a fist and stamping a foot! Most budding directors cut their teeth on short films! Not Elliott! Straight into a feature film!”
Mike Carter – Director of MCN Productions
“It’s incredibly hard to make a film of any kind at any age,(I know as it’s my profession) but for a 16 year old to have not only completed a feature length film, but managed to make a period piece with army trucks, war scenes and themes with depth way beyond his years. It’s an incredible achievement and I am certain this is the beginning of Elliott bright future in film making. Loved it!”
Howard J Ford, Movie Director, Latitude Films
“Elliott Hasler aged 16 from Brighton is one of the most exciting young directors in the UK currently. His new feature film ‘Charlies Letters’ is due to be released in May following the 2 year production in between his GCSEs. He’s been shortlisted for the Pebble Award at the Brighton Fringe 2017. It’s a true story about an escaped PoW Private Standing, on the run it Italy for 18 months. The movie not only highlights his journey south through Tuscany towards the Allied lines but also the impact on his wife and son in war torn England. What makes this movie so compelling is that Private Charlie Standing is Elliott’s Great Grandfather.”
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Sussex Film Office
“I first met Elliott at a Susses Film Office event and for a first time, Director I was extremely impressed, to say the least, with what he has achieved. Starting at the young age of 14 and completing a feature film, taking two years…I take my hat off to you Elliott. I look forward to seeing the feature and wish Elliott all the best. Keep at it Elliott, it’s a Rocky Road ahead and more than happy to help where we can.”
Gilly Tully – Film Expo South
“Grâce à Elliott, j’ai vécu ma première expérience cinématographique à l’âge de 50 ans. Une demi heure de marche pour arriver au sommet du Clerziou…Un volcan moins connu de la chaine des puys mais possédant à son sommet des grottes….Elliott recherchait des grottes pour tourner une scène avec un soldat allemand…Oui je disais une demi-heure de marche pour me retrouver au sommet d’un autre monde, déguisé en soldat allemand… Elliott sait exactement ce qu’il veut…Les fonds d’images, les prises, les cadrages….J’ai suivi avec beaucoup d’attention ses consignes pour essayer de ne pas le decevoir.
Je suis impatient de voir le film…Elliott va offrir le plus beau des cadeaux à son arrière grand père… “Sa Mémoire” Sur le retour, j’ai aussi pensé à mon grand-père. Ancien militaire de carrière prisonnier pendant la seconde guerre mondiale…Déguisé en allemand…Etrange moment
Thank to Elliott, I lived my first war movie experience at fifty years old. Half an hour of walking to be to the top to the Clerziou. A vulcano not very known but possessing caves. Elliott wanted caves for a special scene with a german soldier. I said..half an hour to be on the top of a new world dressed up in german soldier Elliott knows exactly what he wants. I tried to be a good pupils.. Thank you Elliott ..I am more rich now. I am looking forward to seeing this movie. Elliott gave to his great grand father his best gift…”His memory”. On the way back, I also thought to my grand father. An former military prisoner during the second war. Me, dressed in German soldier…strange impression !!!”
Amitié – Franck Dhumes