This short film is about how the luxury schooner ‘Raja Laut’ was chartered in January 2011 by a German film production company called Berengar Pfahl, for the making of a major feature film called 'The Emden Men'.
The charter meant ‘Raja Laut’ made an ocean crossing from Thailand, to the coastal town of Galle in Sri Lanka, where filming began as part of an incredible but true World War One story, of how fifty German marines, left stranded on Keeling Island in 1914, chose to risk sailing thousands of miles onboard a dilapidated wooden schooner called the 'Ayesha', in a bid to make it to their home port of Tsingtao, China.
The luxury schooner ‘Raja Laut’ was chosen by the production company because they felt her hull design and sail rig was authentic and represented accurately the sailing schooners that once plied their trade throughout the Malay/Indonesian archipelago.
Furthermore, with the excellent work of the set builder, Samuel Jaeger, and his team of painters and carpenters, they made ‘Raja Laut’ look like a run down cargo ship!
Filming onboard ‘Raja Laut’ lasted four days with some scenes involving up to twenty actors and extras. Morever, it was a fantastic experience for the ‘Raja Laut’ crew to watch up close the wonderful acting work from the three principal actors; Ken Duken, Sebastian Blomberg and Jan Stahlberg.
Moreover, thanks to a nimble production crew, using the very latest Arri digital camera, the captain and crew of ‘Raja Laut’ were able to successfully provide the film’s director with all the required maneuvers for him to happily complete filming.
The real ‘Emden Men's’ journey, however, was a sadder affair. Having crossed an ocean with very little supplies and then fought their way home through the Arabian desert to arrive, against all odds, to a heroes welcome in Berlin, many would perish tragically the following year in the Battle of Jutland.
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