Hymn of Hate


Sharp House in association with Mini Productions present Hymn of Hate.

Hymn of Hate takes its title from the Ernst Lissauer poem of the same name. A nationalistic and patriotic hymn, written during WW1 to stir up a tribal hatred of the English. ‘…We have all but a single hate, We love as one, we hate as one…’.

Set in No Man’s Land at The Somme during WW1, Hymn of Hate is a poignant and never more relevant film, made to coincide with the centenary of the end of the Great War.

The short stars Russell Tovey (Looking, Quantico, Him & Her, The Pass), Thomas Turgoose (This Is England, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Game of Thrones) and Andrew Knott (My Cousin Rachel, Black Mirror, The History Boys).

It is the directorial debut for successful actor, Matt Kennard who has been acting since the age of 10 whose credits include Emmerdale, WPC 56, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.


At the Somme; still in the hours of daylight, Sergeant George May, always the first man into action, and Private Billy Booth, have been sent to patrol the deadly No Man’s Land by a young, inexperienced officer, eager to assert authority over his men, some of whom are twice his age and far more experienced. As a military man with twenty years service, Sergeant May has learnt how to take orders. Unquestioning, patriotic and loyal to the cause, it’s simple for Sergeant May; he believes all Germans hate him and he hates (and fears) them. Only when he finds himself in No Man’s Land with Private Booth – a fresh-faced, more objective and idealistic young man – stumbling upon an armed but mortally wounded German soldier, does everything he believe in begin to fall apart. Could he actually have more in common with his enemy, than those he trusts to give him his orders?