The Icenian had its genesis in my interest in the Graeco-Roman world which has long fascinated me. Indeed, such is the Herculean grip it has held on my imagination that I actually studied for a degree in Classical Studies in my spare time, and though there was a significant gap between completing those studies and writing the script, much of the knowledge I had gained, certainly helped me in the research for this epic feature.
The other great inspiration for this movie concept was Ridley Scott's epic Roman opus Gladiator, coupled with Hans Zimmer's evocative soundtrack, it provided many great ideas for visuals. It is hoped The Icenian will be uttered in the same laudatory breath as Ridley Scott's masterpiece. Though there maybe much that may seem reminiscent of Gladiator in my script, other notable films have played their part in the formation of this feature such Centurion, The Eagle of the Ninth and Ben Hur. However, it must be said that The Icenian is its own feature. It magnanimously acknowledges its comrades-in-film yet stands proudly on its own merits by blending historical fact and artistic fiction to create a unique story.
For love or Empire? One man's epic war.
The year is 68 A.D. In the Roman province of Britannia, newly-weds Ientumaros, a bold young farmer's son, and amber-haired Uebromara his beautiful spirited wife, celebrate their wedding night in a small village in the territory of the Iceni tribe, which, just a few years prior was decisively conquered by the Roman army after its failed uprising against Roman rule.
The very next day, a cold bleak morning, the ruthless ChariovaIda and his merciless gang of Batavian pirates raid the village, abduct Uebromara, and murder his elderly parents. With his village in ashes, the inconsolable Ientumaros finds solace with the wise druid Artognawos who informs him that the Batavians were in the service of Gaius Vindex a rebellious Roman governor whose image adorns the slave requisition parchment dropped by the pirates. Hoping to get Uebromara back, Ientumaros joins the reviled Roman army defying the tribal chief who banishes him from his homeland.
War made him strong. Love gave him strength.
Through battles and hardship Ientumaros's faith carries him and he gains a powerful friend in Marcinius Crispo thebattle-hardened decurion. Althoughdevoted to Rome, Marcinius, grateful to Ientumaros for saving his life, risks all to help him but can the Icenian complete his daring epic quest across the Roman empire, defying even emperor Nero himself, to find Uebromara?
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"Roman medics are more like butchers than doctors. Don’t ever get injured!"
"To kill a man, and enjoy it, is inhuman, but to kill a man and hate it - that’s human. We do what we must to survive."
"Block and thrust! You will do this every day for the next four months! I can assure you of this, whether it is a Scythian with his bow, or a Parthian with his lance, they will not spare your life on the battlefield! The only way to save yourself is to kill your enemy. Block and thrust! Your life depends on it!"
"Whether you are a cavalryman, archer or infantry soldier, all must complete the same basic training. You will learn never to leave your post, to always keep ranks, to throw your javelins, to swim, to dig trenches, to plant palisades, to manage your shield, and how to strike your enemy with ferocity."
"I fear not the gods; for it seems to me that the Romans have even rendered them powerless."
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