MIDWAY – Nov. 19

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

 

As its name suggests, Midway is roughly equidistant between North America and Asia, and lies almost halfway around the world longitudinally from Greenwich, UK. It is near the northwestern end of the Hawaiian archipelago, about one-third of the way from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Tokyo, Japan. Midway island is not considered part of the State of Hawaii due to the passage of the Hawaii Organic Act, which formally annexed Hawaii to the United States as a territory, only defined Hawaii as “the islands acquired by the United States of America under an Act of Congress entitled ‘Joint resolution to provide for annexing the Hawaiian Islands to the United States,’ approved July seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight.” Although it could be argued that Midway became part of Hawaii when Middlebrooks discovered it in 1859, it was assumed at the time that Midway was independently acquired by the U.S. when Reynolds visited in 1867, and so was not considered part of the Territory.

The King’s Speech 2010

The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who would become King George VI, the father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ‘Bertie’ VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer and considered unfit to be King, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.”

Directed by Emmy Award winner Tom Hooper
(John Adams, Elizabeth I)

Winner of People’s Choice Award at TIFF!

CAST:
Colin Firth (King George VI)
Helena Bonham Carter (Queen Elizabeth, wife of George VI)
Geoffrey Rush (Lionel Logue)
Jennifer Ehle (Myrtle Logue, wife of Lionel)
Michael Gambon (King George V)
Guy Pearce (David/Edward VIII)
Derek Jacobi (Archbishop of Canterbury)
Timothy Spall (Winston Churchill)

Beautiful Mind 2001

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally – late in life – received the Nobel Prize.

Starring:
Russell Crowe (nominated for Best Actor)
Jennifer Connelly (won for Best Supporting Actress)
Ed Harris
Paul Bettany
Christopher Plummer

Won the Oscar for Best Picture
and
Director (Ron Howard)

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Midway 2019

Lionsgate released the first look at Roland Emmerich’s World War II epic Midway, with a teaser for the pic that the studio picked up in a mega deal during the last Toronto Film Festival. It’s been slated for a November 8, 2020 release — that’s Veterans Day, so a four-day opening for the action pic that will bow under the Summit label.

Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein, Aaron Eckhart, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Nick Jonas, Luke Kleintank, Keean Johnson, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tadanobu Asano and Jun Kunimura lead the cast. Wes Tooke penned the script, which relates the story of the June 1942 Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II.

The film cost a reported $100 million, and is looking at a P&A spend upwards of $35 million. The teaser today shows off the scope of the action in the film, similar in shock-and-awe value to previous Emmerich-Mark Gordon collaborations Day After Tomorrow and 2012.

Gordon’s The Mark Gordon Co. and Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment this one, with Emmerich and Harald Kloser producing with Gordon and MGC’s Matt Jackson. Bona Film Group came in as a co-financier when the pic launched sales at the Cannes market and has distribution rights in China.

 

Personally, can’t wait for this one.

 

Official Secrets

Not a period drama, but looks like a good one coming our way.  August 30 in the USA

 

The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

 

 

 

 

The Children – BBC

A new TV movie set in 1945 has begun filming in Northern Ireland.

Marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust next year, The Children is described as a “stark, moving and ultimately redemptive story.”

Written by BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Simon Block (The Eichmann Show), the one-off 90-minute special is based on the first-person testimony of some of these now elderly survivors of the Holocaust, whose filmed interviews will also be featured in the film.

The Children will star Romola Garai (The Hour), Tim McInnerny (Blackadder) and Iain Glen (Downton Abbey).



The official synopsis reads: “One summer’s night in 1945 a coach-load of children, some as young as three years old, are in transit from Carlisle airport to the Calgarth Estate in Lake Windermere, England. They are child survivors, and presumed orphans, of the Holocaust.

“With only a few meager possessions, they do not know what awaits them in Britain. They speak no English and, having spent many years living in death camps, and are deeply traumatized.

“At the end of World War II, the British government granted up to 1,000 children the right to come to the UK. Three hundred of these children were brought to Lake Windermere for their first four months to have the opportunity to recover, surrounded by nature.

“The responsibility for looking after the children is held by Oscar Friedmann (Thomas Kretschmann – The Pianist), a German-born child social worker and psychoanalyst. He and his team are in uncharted territory: their project to mass-rehabilitate a group of children has never been attempted before.”

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland commented: “The Children promises to be a beautiful and powerful drama about a little-known part of British history. The refuge given in the Lakes and determination to give children back their lives so they could begin again is both deeply moving and humbling.”

Executive producer Leanne Klein added: “The Children is a story of hope after horror, revealing how Britain and a remarkable group of adults transformed the lives of 300 child survivors of the concentration camps.

“Seventy-five years after the Holocaust ended it’s a story that feels as important and relevant as ever. I’m incredibly proud of the exceptional cast and crew we have brought together to make this film.”

The Children will air on in the UK on BBC Two and in Germany on ZDF in 2020.

Gentleman Jack – spring 2019

BBC One has released the first, very fun, teaser for their new epic series GENTLEMAN JACK in which Surrane Jones plays a 19th century woman who dresses up, acts and loves like a man governing her late father’s estate.

Gentleman Jack will air this spring on BBC in eight episodes

She portrays real life person Anne Lister who returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall. The cast also includes Joe Armstrong, Gemma Jonesand Sophie Rundle.