Tuesday 7 January 2020

Mark Strong, Daniel Mays and Andrew Scott

Mark Strong, Daniel Mays and Andrew Scott

The First World War touched the lives of millions of people – Alfred H. Mendes, a young messenger on the Western Front would go onto share the stories of his service with his grandson Sam.

Those stories and the personal accounts of others who were eyewitnesses to the war have inspired Oscar winning director Sam Mendes’ film, 1917. It tells the fictional story of two young soldiers, Schofield and Blake, who are sent on a mission to deliver an important message to prevent an attack that could cost hundreds of lives.

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.

 

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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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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.