Media & The Arts
Ever watched a war film made in the 1940’s or 50’s and asked, did this really happen or is it a fictional action story made to entertain?
Every one of these classic British war films had a vital purpose in telling the narrative of the conflict; providing honesty, advice and consolation, these films helped a nation through the uncertain years before the outbreak of the war; supporting them in the darkest days of the blitz when invasion and defeat by Nazi Germany was a real possibility; celebrating their victories and consoling them through the trauma of surviving an unwanted war, leaving their once prosperous country bankrupt and in ruins.
British war films are the unsung heroes of the world conflict. How many people know of the British Army Film and Photographic Unit? Who acknowledges the unit that captured live footage of the war for the world, with the highest casualty rates of any regiment at the time?
Your Sunday afternoon war film has much more to it than you may have thought. Bovril & Sherry: The Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat of British War Films highlights the deep feelings and purpose held by the film makers who made them and the bold, insightful thinking of the Ministry of Information who green lit these productions.
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