- 130 Veterans, Service Personnel and families attended a special charity screening of Dunkirk at Odeon Andover on 20 July
- Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk was released in cinemas nationwide on Friday 21 July
Warner Bros. Pictures and Christopher Nolan invited Armed Forces families to attend an exclusive screening of one of the summer’s most anticipated movies ahead of the national cinema release.
From filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy), the epic action thriller Dunkirk brings the story of Operation Dynamo to the big screen as it unfolds on land, sea and air utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film. Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are trapped on the beach. Their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
The screenings are organised by Contact, the military mental health collaboration, to help raise awareness of the support available to the Armed Forces Community. Contact combines the efforts of numerous military charities, including Help for Heroes, Combat Stress, Walking With The Wounded and The Royal British Legion. The charities are working alongside the NHS and the MOD to help the Armed Forces Community access mental health support.
Help for Heroes beneficiary Cornelia Oosthuizen of Salisbury attended the screening. She said: “I thought it showed the team aspect that inevitably is involved in military campaigns really well and of course the brutality of war too. Seeing the different ways in which people demonstrated their courage by doing their bit and helping each other out was both humbling and inspiring.”
A former Major in the Army, Cornelia has been supported by Help for Heroes since 2016 and will be competing at this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto in the wheelchair tennis, swimming, cycling and golf competitions.
David Richmond, Chairman of Contact and Director of Recovery at Help for Heroes, says: “We would like to thank the Dunkirk filmmakers, Warner Bros. Pictures and the Odeon Andover for helping us to shine a light on military mental health. Our brave men and women need our support today, just as they did in 1940.”
The regional screenings follow the worldwide premiere of Dunkirk, where two veterans and Help for Heroes beneficiaries, Louis Nethercott and Gemma Morgan, walked the red carpet with HRH Prince Henry of Wales. Louis and Gemma feature in a touching video introduced by rising star Fionn Whitehead, who plays a young soldier on the beach in Nolan’s film, chatting to Dunkirk Veteran George Wagner about his story of survival, and swapping stories about military experience over the last 77 years.
You can watch and share the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9i0T6K2xH0&feature=youtu.be