"It's our burden to learn that story"

"It's our burden to learn that story"

Krysty Wilson-Cairns spent ‘a huge amount of time’ reading personal accounts of the First World War while researching the script for the film 1917, which she co-wrote with Oscar winning director Sam Mendes.

She visited IWM London to review documents and visit the First World War Galleries, explaining:  ‘To get this story right and to be believable and to pay tribute to the men who fought and died in that war, I needed to read all the first-hand accounts I could.’

Watch our interview with Krysty to learn more about her research process and why we should learn the stories of what happened during the First World War. 

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Sam Mendes on directing 1917
Sam Mendes grew up hearing stories of the First World War from his grandfather Alfred H. Mendes, a Lance Corporal who served as a messenger on the Western Front. Watch our interview with Sam and learn more about his inspiration and the importance of telling stories of the First World War.
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Preparing for 1917 with George Mackay and Dean-Charles Chapman
Learning about the personal stories of those who fought in the First World War and visiting IWM London’s First World War Galleries helped actors Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay prepare for their roles as soldiers in the new film 1917.