Eastgate Creative is a non-profit film production company founded in 2017 by filmmakers Ralph Linhardt and Jock Petersen, and author and historian Joseph Loconte. Eastgate Creative targets a broad audience with historical and educational films. Currently under production is a “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War,” a documentary film series about the friendship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis forged through the fires of two world wars.

A Hobbit A Wardrobe and A Great War

The documentary film series, “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War,” explores how the experience of two world wars shaped the lives and literary imagination of two internationally famous authors and friends, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Based on Joseph Loconte’s New York Times bestseller, the film examines how Tolkien’s combat experience during the First World War—at the Battle of the Somme—launched him on his literary quest. The film reveals how the conflict reinforced Lewis’s youthful atheism—he was injured in combat—but also stirred his spiritual longings. The film traces the careers of both men at Oxford University, and their deepening friendship as they discover a mutual love of medieval, romantic literature. Facing the threat of another world war, Tolkien and Lewis reach back into their earlier experience of war as they compose their epic works of fantasy, The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Watch the Trailer Here:  A Hobbit A Wardrobe And A Great War


Ralph Winter (producer of “The X-Men,” “Fantastic Four,” “I Robot,” “Planet of the Apes”) serves as the film’s executive producer, Jock Petersen and Ralph Linhardt will direct and produce, with Joseph Loconte as the screenwriter and on camera narrator. 




Eastgate Creative is deeply grateful for our many friends who are helping to support our documentary film, “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War.” As a small non-profit 501(c)(3), we will need additional financial support for the production and distribution of the film. If you would like to be part of this worthy project, we would welcome your support. Click on this link to learn how you can help. And thank you!