21st July 2017 - Magdalena Gundmundsdottir
This month history buffs and film fans are united as they eagerly await Christopher Nolan's portrayal of Dunkirk. Nolan's respected reputation as a film maker, the fact that the film is shot on film Imax cameras and that around 6000 extras were used during filming all goes some way to explaining why so many of us are looking forward to this film. However the evacuation of Dunkirk and the rescue of 330,000 allied soldiers by civilians was a remarkable event and its story is perhaps the main reason we are drawn to this film.
Joshua Levine's book gives a detailed analysis but also a human account of Dunkirk and the events that surrounded it, including moving stories from survivors. This book also highlights how important Dunkirk was, the effect it had on Britain and the rest of the war but also how different things could have been if the evacuation had failed. It is a brilliantly insightful read that will change the way you look at our history.
This book also contains a little gem: an interview between author Joshua Levine and Christopher Nolan, discussing how the film was made and Nolan's approach to the Dunkirk story. Definitely worth looking out for.