Friday 10 January 2020

"Love the Imperial War Museum…it’s brilliant, it’s so good."

"Love the Imperial War Museum…it’s brilliant, it’s so good."

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.

The pair play Lance Corporals sent to deliver an urgent message in April 1917, . Although fictional, the film draws upon stories told to director Sam Mendes by his grandfather and the personal accounts of others who were involved in the war, including those held in IWM’s collections. They also visited the museum in person to learn more.

‘That’s the first place I went, literally. The week I found out I got the part, I went straight there….it’s brilliant, it’s so good,’ Chapman said.

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Visitor in the First World War Galleries
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First World War Galleries

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Krysty Wilson-Cairns on writing 1917
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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The making of 1917
Hear actors Mark Strong (Captain Smith), Daniel Mays (Sgt Sanders) and Andrew Scott (Lieut. Leslie) describe how they prepared for their roles in the film – and how film can help us connect with a conflict that took place more than 100 years ago.