The new trailer for the latest adaptation of R.C Sherriff’s 1928 play Journey’s End has just been released. It is set in 1918 in trenches near Saint-Quentin and follows the lives of a group of officers over a short period of time, before the hammer blow of the German Spring Offensive falls on them.
Sheriff himself had served in the 9th Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment, winning the Military Cross and fighting at Loos, Vimy Ridge and in the Third Battle of Ypres.
You can see the trailer here:
Journey’s End has come to define the First World War, and was deliberately set as a counter to the romantic notions of war. Despite some initial difficulties in getting it put on, by 1929 Sherriff’s play was being performed by 14 separate companies in English, and 17 in other languages, in London, New York, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Madrid, and Budapest, and in Canada, Australia, and South Africa.
The film stars Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham and Paul Bettany, and is scheduled for release in February 2018.
I have a real interest in the study of veterans, veteran culture, and the process of transition from military to civilian life. So I’m pleased to have found the following trailer for a new documentary on the British military and the transition back into civilian life, due to be released in the UK in 2016.
The producer and director is former Rifleman Aaron Sayers who, having served in the Army until 2002, has direct knowledge of the transition process, and so is well placed to comment and document the sometimes complicated path from army life to civvy street that veterans can experience.
The title Chosen Men refers back to the special terms used to describe Riflemen in Wellington’s army in the Peninsular who were particular soldiers of merit that could be trusted to lead a half platoon in the absence of an officer or an NCO – so effectively Lance Corporal.
What the trailer below, and find out more about the film here. I’ll certainly be seeking it out on its release!
I’ve just seen the trailer for the upcoming (in Britain at least) war film Good Kill, which focuses on the experience of an American UAV pilot in the US’ War on Terror.
While UAVs – or drones – have been seen in plenty of films before, this is amongst the first movies to put them centre stage and confront what they mean in modern military operations.
As you can see from the trailer below, it looks as if it will cover the psychological impact of these operations on those who conduct them (as could be expected from the producers of The Hurt Locker), as well as make comment on the ethical and moral dimension of fighting wars remotely.
One to be added to the list of upcoming films!
Whilst it has been released in different parts of the world already, next week sees the UK release of Russell Crowe’s latest film ‘The Water Diviner.’ Set in the aftermath of Gallipoli, it follows one Australian man’s quest to find out what happened to his sons who, like 416,809 other young Australians, enlisted and left home to fight for Britain and the Empire in the First World War.
You can watch the trailer below, and the film is in UK cinemas from next week.
The trailer for Brad Pitt’s new war movie, Fury, has gone live on the internet.
Set in Europe in the closing months of the Second World War, Fury depicts a 5-man Sherman tank crew battling to both win the war, and stay alive.
Co-starring Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal and Michael Peña, from the trailer it seems Fury promises the full mix of stunning visuals, terrific special effects and maddening cliches that always seem to occur when Hollywood goes to war against the Nazis.
That said, I’ll be sure to go see it when this hits cinemas in November 2014!