Jackboots On Whitehall
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Jackboots On Whitehall

Screening:

    Wednesday 29 September 7:00pm

Runtime:

91 mins

Director: Edward McHenry, Rory McHenry Country: UK
Writer: Edward McHenry, Rory McHenry Original Format: 35mm
Dir. of Photography: Michael Connor Print Source: VERTIGO FILMS
Producer: Karl Richards
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Stephen Merchant

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short Synopsis:

An epic action adventure, the movie follows a group of heroic villagers led by Chris (Ewan McGregor), and his sweetheart Daisy (Rosamund Pike) as they rescue Churchill (Timothy Spall) and fight against the Nazi invasion of England.

Review:

Debuting here with their first feature are brothers Edward and Rory McHenry, who also co-wrote the screenplay for this alternative view of history via stop-motion animation. In what is one of the most refreshingly original and defiantly independent British films of the year, the brothers give us their own updated and fully puppeted version of the Second World War. Here Hitler invades London after a failed Battle of Dunkirk. The Nazis plan to tunnel beneath the English Channel and German tanks are set to arrive in Trafalgar Square.

 

While in Kent, country boy Chris curses the day the Army rejected him on account of his super-sized hands. Undeterred, he sets out to rally the locals, much to the delight of Daisy, her father the local vicar and an American airman who thinks he’s fighting the Russians. This unlikely band of characters head off to London to rescue Winston Churchill.

 

Meanwhile Swastika- embellished flags hang from Buckingham Palace where Hitler swans about in drag as Queen Elizabeth I, plotting with his buddy Himmler as Chris encounters an Aussie named Braveheart who’s loaded with lethal weapons and is convinced to come on board to fight the Nazis.

 

Featuring the voices of some of the biggest and brightest UK acting talent, including Ewan McGregor as Chris, Rosamund Pike as Daisy and Alan Cumming as both Hitler and Braveheart with Richard E. Grant as Daisy’s vicar father.- this is a film that comes across as quintessentially British with it’s quirky, self-deprecating humour and Pythonesque twirls with history.

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Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street
London
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