Just 25 years after gaining independence from Russia, Lithuania is facing occupation again. The airspace above the Baltic States is now one of the most dangerous in the world. In the face of the biggest aggression in Europe since the Second World War, this documentary tells a story of people desperately trying to preserve peace against imaginable odds. But the film is not about the war, it is about peace and the people willing to fight to preserve it.
"The annexation of Crimea made me think of the young soldiers whose lives would be changed forever. I met five severely injured Ukrainian soldiers in Lithuania who were recovering with the help of voluntary soldier Ramūnas Šerpetauskas from the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union. What I saw was the tremendous effect war can have on the body, mind and the lives of these soldiers. I had never before witnessed a room full of young men who had been disabled by war, and thought I would never have to. As Russia became more aggressive towards Lithuania, it hit home that this time it could be us. Lithuanian conscripts have gone into the military with the same passion and love for the country as these Ukrainian soldiers did. This has inspired me to make a film that follows the path that young Lithuanian men are having to take within a country that is preparing for defence."
Neringa Medutyte, Director
The airspace above the Baltic States is now one of the most dangerous in the world
Neringa Medutyte received her MA in Directing Documentary from the prestigious National Film and Television School (NFTS) in the UK. Her film Today and Yesterday was presented at BAFTA by NFTS as a “Future Star of Tomorrow”. Her documentary Twogether received the Royal Television Society Wales Student Award. Neringa also holds a BA in Journalism and classical art school diploma. She has worked as a journalist in current affairs and business. She wrote a book called Verslas Naujai (Business in A New Way) for one of the most successful Lithuanian entrepreneurs, Ilja Laurs, which then went on to become a number 1 best-seller in Lithuania. Neringa later made a documentary called Dream Valley as her graduation film about Ilja Laurs and his success in Silicon Valley.
James Rogan is an award-winning writer/director/producer who has extensive experience in fiction, documentary and commercials.
In 2014 James co-directed with Roger Graef OBE the acclaimed feature documentary Monty Python: The Meaning of Live about the legendary comedy group's last performance. He is responsible for two of BBC2's highest rating series Life in the Freezer Cabinet about the budget supermarket chain Iceland Foods and A Very British Airline about British Airways. He has made three international feature documentaries for the Oscar-winning BBC Storyville: Amnesty! When They Are All Free, The Trouble with Pirates and Blog Wars.
Lukas Trimonis graduated from the Baltic Film and Media School in Estonia and the European Film College in Denmark. Lukas developed theoretical production skills at Maia Workshops in Italy and received the European Certificate in Audiovisual Financing and Commercialization from the French National Audiovisual Institute. In 2011 he graduated from National Film and Television School in the UK. His experience ranges from producing numerous commercial projects, short films and viral videos to working within feature and documentary film production, co-production, financing and distribution. Lukas is currently producing his first feature film MIRACLE as lead producer and also works as a Producer for two companies in Europe - IN SCRIPT (Lithuania), and Wostok (UK).
Vivienne has worked on a wide variety of programming from weekly live shows, outside broadcasts, fixed rig, drama and documentaries with extensive experience of international filming on all formats from 35mm to 4K. Vivienne has worked with all of the major UK broadcasters and worldwide broadcasters including WGBH, WNET, HBO, Discovery US, Discovery Canada, TLC, Smithsonian and National Geographic Channels.
Productions she has line produced include the Oscar-short listed theatrical documentary 'Sergio'; the award-winning feature documentary 'Kissinger'; the Emmy-winning series 'The Ascent of Money' and the RTS winner Panorama: Britain's Secret Terror Force.
About the Production Company // Rogan Productions
Led by award-winning director and producer James Rogan, Rogan Productions is a London-based production company which has built a reputation for delivering world-class documentaries with vision, integrity and beauty, having built up a vast portfolio of work in collaboration with international broadcasters such as the BBC & Channel 4. Rogan Productions creates challenging, innovative and human film-making, using high-end documentary as a platform to give a voice to important stories.
This documentary is co-produced by INSCRIPT, a Lithuanian-based production company run by Lukas Triminos & Egle Vertelyte
All the latest on the making of the film and news about Lithuania's military preparation for defence
Waiting for Invasion – Watch our latest feature documentary on Al Jazeera HD at 8pm on 15th February 2017
“This film is a timely reminder of just how much is at stake in Eastern Europe as tensions rise between Russia and the West. This is a story of innocence lost for a generation of young Europeans.”
- James Rogan, executive producer
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Waiting for Invasion to be televised by Al Jazeera
Rogan Productions are pleased to announce Waiting for Invasion will be televised by international broadcaster Al Jazeera. Stay tuned for an announcement about the film's TX date!
'West and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander' The Guardian reports
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'Spooked by Russia, Lithuania spares no money for defense' - Reuters reports
The town doesn't have a name yet, but its buildings are nearly finished and its roads are all laid out. Yet nobody will ever call it home. Worried by an increasingly militarist Russia next door, Lithuania is putting the finishing touches to the dummy settlement in the Pabrade training area so it can teach its soldiers how to fight in towns and villages...
A busy week for the Waiting for Invasion production team: Director Neringa Medutyte & is joined by Sebastian Cort (camera-man) and Matt Forrester (Sound Technician) on LRT (Lithuanian National Radio and Television) to talk about the film. You can watch their appearance by following the link below (Appearance begins at 20.10min)