Wellington's First Line

On September 27, 1810, the Battle of Bussaco was fought in the central region of Portugal. In confrontation more than 60 thousand French soldiers, under the command of one of the most respected marshals of Imperial France of Napoleon Bonaparte, André Masséna, against the approximately 50 thousand men of the army composed of British and Portuguese forces, led by the Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, the commander who would defeat Napoleon at Waterloo once and for all.
This first large-scale confrontation in the last of the three invasions perpetrated by the Gauls in Lusitanian lands, although not decisive at the moment, left indelible marks in the collective memory of the country. It reinforced confidence in the warlike ability of English and Portuguese troops who ended up not only liberating Portugal, but also the entire Europe.

This documentary is subtitled in French, English and Portuguese for deaf people.

  • Paulo Fajardo
    Director
    Summer Dream, Berlenga - A Ilha do Farol, Outono, Breaking Waves, A Snake in The Yard, Bird in a Cage
  • Ricardo Venâncio
    Writer
    Festas e Romarias, Primeiro Jornal, Jornal da Noite
  • Paulo Fajardo
    Writer
    Summer Dream, Berlenga - A Ilha do Farol, Outono, Breaking Waves
  • Paulo Fajardo
    Producer
    Summer Dream, Berlenga - A Ilha do Farol, Outono, Breaking Waves, A Snake in The Yard, Bird in a Cage
  • Artur Castro
    Producer
  • Pedro Dias
    Producer
  • Pedro Dias
    Key Cast
    "Wellington"
  • Paulo Delgado
    Key Cast
    "Masséna"
  • Albano Jorge
    Key Cast
    "French Soldier"
  • Mark Daubney
    Key Cast
    "English Narrator"
  • Pierre Jourdan
    Key Cast
    "French Narrator"
  • Vitor Filipe
    Key Cast
    "Portuguese Narrator"
  • Pedro Casimiro
    Key Cast
    "Portuguese officer #1"
  • António José Faria e Silva
    Key Cast
    "Portuguese officer #2"
  • Fábia Leite
    Key Cast
    "Madame X"
  • Artur Castro
    Key Cast
    "Napoleon"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    A Primeira Linha de Wellington
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Drama, War
  • Runtime:
    49 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 19, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    16,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Portugal
  • Country of Filming:
    Portugal
  • Language:
    English, French, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
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    Penacova
    Portugal
    May 22, 2021
    Premiere
  • Mortágua 1810: Memórias
    Mortágua
    Portugal
    May 22, 2021
    Premiere
  • Almeida - Escola do Soldado 2021
    Almeida
    Portugal
    May 22, 2021
    Premiere
  • Mealhada - Comemorações dos 210 anos da Batalha do Bussaco
    Mealhada
    Portugal
    May 22, 2021
    Premiere
  • Comemorações 213º Aniversário da Batalha do Vimeiro
    Lourinhã
    Portugal
    August 21, 2021
    Invited Documentary
  • 17º Cerco de Almeida - Evocação Histórica do Cerco de Almeida
    Almeida
    Portugal
    August 29, 2021
    Invited Documentary
  • Exibição no Cineteatro Municipal de Anadia
    Anadia
    Portugal
    September 27, 2021
    Invited Documentary
  • Exibição no Cineteatro Messias
    Mealhada
    Portugal
    September 29, 2021
    Invited Documentary
  • Invasões Francesas em Condeixa 1811 - 2021
    Condeixa
    Portugal
    November 7, 2021
    Invited documentary
  • Exibição no auditório do CER - Centro de Educação e Recreio
    Vagos
    Portugal
    November 8, 2021
    Invited Documentary
  • Exibição no auditório da EPVL - Escola Profissional Vasconcellos Lebre
    Mealhada
    Portugal
    November 18, 2021
    Invited Documentary
  • Camões TV
    Toronto
    Canada
    November 21, 2021
    Cable tv in Canada
    Invited Documentary
  • Festival Napoleon on Champs Elysees in Paris
    Paris
    France
    December 5, 2021
    Winner Best Documentary
  • Symbiotic Film Festival
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    February 24, 2022
    Official Selection Season #1
  • Finisterra Brazil Film Art & Tourism Festival
    Bahia
    Brazil
    April 20, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Macinhata em Festa
    Águeda
    Portugal
    June 11, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions @Pinewood Studios
    London
    United Kingdom
    July 6, 2022
    Official Selection
  • 18º Cerco de Almeida - Recriação Histórica
    Almeida
    Portugal
    August 27, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Athvikvaruni International Film Festival
    Aranthangi
    India
    February 18, 2023
    Winner Best Documentary Short Film
  • Symbiotic Film Festival
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    March 13, 2023
    Official Selection Season #4
  • Cine Teatro Sousa Telles
    Ourique
    Portugal
    April 16, 2023
    Guest Film
  • 𝐂𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐨 𝐝𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐚 𝐚𝐨 𝐀𝐫 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨 𝐋𝐮𝐬𝐨
    Mealhada
    Portugal
    July 27, 2023
    Guest Film
  • 4ª-Feiras Clássicas de Cantanhede
    Cantanhede
    Portugal
    September 13, 2023
    Guest Film
  • Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival
    Sesimbra
    Portugal
    October 9, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Ciclo de Cinema na UNICEPE
    Porto
    Portugal
    November 14, 2023
    Guest Film
  • 21st Bragacine - Festival Internacional Independente de Braga
    Braga
    Portugal
    December 12, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Paulo Fajardo

Paulo César Fajardo was born in Figueira da Foz, in1980, Portugal. Developed various documentary projects as an independent producer and made his directorial debut in 2000 with the short film “Outono/Fall”. Worked as a freelancer camera operator, editor and director for several TV shows for national and international networks. Finished in 2011 his first feature film “Summer Dream” and in 2012 created the web tv BairradaTV. He now works as a freelancer news camera operator and editor for the SIC and SIC Notícias tv news channels.

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This documentary is subtitled in French, English and Portuguese for deaf people.