The Think Defence Top 20 British War Film Countdown
Chosen not on their artistic merit, artistic accuracy or 100% Britishness but just because I think they are great and well worth a watch.
Details – My Boy Jack
Cast; David Haig Rudyard Kipling, Daniel Radcliffe John Kipling, Kim Cattrall Caroline Kipling, Carey Mulligan Elsie Kipling
Release Date; Sun Apr 20 2008
IMDB Rating; 7.2
Runtime (Runtime in minutes); 93
Tagline (Branding slogan); A young man fights for his country.
Writers; David Haig (play)
English gentleman author Rudyard Kipling, famous for the Jungle Book, uses his considerable influence, being on a War Office propaganda think tank, to get his nearly 18 year-old son John ‘Jack’, admitted for military service during World war I after he is repeatedly refused on account of his bad eyesight. He is enrolled in the Irish Guards: their patriotic dream but mother and sister’s nightmare. After a short officer training course Jack gets command of a platoon and embarks in France. Soon, and just after his 18th birthday, his unit suffers terrible losses and Jack is reported missing. Now mother Caroline ‘Carry’ Kipling proves unstoppable pushing Rudyard’s influence and half of England to help find out the truth. When it finally comes, there is far less glory than gore and guilt.
Watch it because
Bear with me on this one, it’s nothing to do with Harry Potter but tells the tale of the loss of a son to war as seen by his father, Rudyard Kipling, and the conflict between his love of King and Country and the love of family.
A conflict which I guess was echoed in countless families during and after the Great War
Great performances and a cracking script.
And lets face it, Kim Cattrall is always worth a glance
The Top 20