Woodcut Media has uncovered stories of female heroism and bravery for a three-part history documentary series World War II: Women on the Frontline, pre-sold to Channel 4 in the UK and SBS (Australia).

Featuring archive footage, World War II: Women on the Frontline includes stories of women from around the world who played a vital role – from fighter pilots, bombing squadrons, and anti-aircraft gunners, through to women who put themselves in danger as spies, intelligence officers or resistance fighters.

The series shines a light on the likes of Selma van de Perre who as a teenager worked as a courier for the Dutch Resistance, was betrayed and survived the horrors of Ravensbrück concentration camp, the Soviet sniper ‘Lady Death’, who was sent to battle without a gun, before killing over 300 Nazis, as well as Lee Miller, one of the most talented journalists of the Second World War.

Underpinned by innovative research and supported by experts and first-hand testimony from those who served, this series challenges accepted Second World War history.

World War II: Women on the Frontline was acquired by Polly Scates, Senior Acquisitions Manager, Channel 4. Woodcut Media’s Jonathan Mayo is series producer, Kate Beal, executive producer, and directors are Rebecca Joyce and Imogen Walford.

Worldwide sales are handled by Woodcut International who will be presenting the series to buyers for the first time at the upcoming MIPCOM market.

Polly Scates, Senior Acquisitions Manager, Channel 4 said: “ I am very excited to be partnering with Woodcut on this refreshing and informative new series, telling the stories of these extraordinary women who are so often overlooked within history.”

Kate Beal, CEO and Co-Founder, Woodcut Media said: “We are proud of this series as it really provides a unique lens through which to view the Second World War. Rarely do we hear about the brave women who played a pivotal role on the frontline. Women jumped into cockpits, dropped bombs, broke codes, bravely fought, and risked their lives as did their male counterparts – and we want audiences worldwide to know about their amazing feats.”

Pippa Considine

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