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Classic wartime film epic Dunkirk (1958) restored for a new generation

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Leslie Norman's classic film Dunkirk, originally screened in 1958, has been restored and will be screened at Camber Sands ahead of its release on Blu Ray and DVD.

Prior to Nolan’s film, the story of Dunkirk had not been told in modern cinema since Norman’s 1958 black-and-white version. Coincidentally, Dunkirk (1958) stars the late Richard Attenborough as a businessman, who sailed his boat from England to Dunkirk to help rescue British and French soldiers trapped on the beaches; his grandson Will Attenborough features in Nolan’s Dunkirk, where he plays Royal Navy Second Lieutenant Howe.
 
 
Dunkirk follows the dramatic events leading up to Operation Dynamo, where upon the British Army attempted to rescue fellow soldiers and allied troops from Nazi occupied France. Seen from the dual perspectives of a jaded journalist in search of propaganda and a weary soldier desperately trying to give his troop some hope, Dunkirk never shies away from the brutality of war and the bravery of its soldiers.
 
Directed by Leslie Norman (The Long, The Short And The Tall), starring John Mills (Ice Cold In Alex, Goodbye Mr Chips, Great Expectations) Richard Attenborough (Brighton Rock, The Great Escape) and a cast featuring genuine army officers, Dunkirk has been described by film critics as one of the most authentic representations of conflict during World War II.
 
Screening of Dunkirk at Camber Sands
 
On the evenings of Wednesday 20th September and Thursday 21st September, STUDIOCANAL will present the premiere of a new restoration of Leslie Norman’s classic wartime epic DUNKIRK (1958), on the very beaches of Camber Sands where it was shot. The event is produced in association with The Luna Cinema and The Vintage Festival, and is part of the BRITAIN ON FILM collection: COAST AND SEA.
 
As well as the screening, event-goers will enjoy an evening of themed 1940s homegrown entertainment, including food and drink of the era, 1940s dance classes and set dressing, music and walkabout re-enactments. Gates will open at 5:30pm, and the screening will begin at 7.30pm.
 
The screening of Dunkirk will be preceded by archive short films, including a specially compiled montage of footage from the local coastal area at the time of the production by Screen Archive South East. There will also be a special guest introduction.
 
This event has been made possible as part of a special programme of screenings and events taking place at coastal locations around the UK, staged supported by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), organisations with funds from the National Lottery, and lead by Film Hub Central East (Broadway Cinema Nottingham) to launch BFI’s Britain on Film Coast and Sea collection.
 
For more information, or to book tickets, visit the website.
 

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