Fighting On Film
Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957)

Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957)

October 13, 2021

In this week's episode we join Richard Todd and crew besieged on China's Yangtse River as we examine 1957's Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst. Based on real events during the Chinese Civil War the film, directed by Michael Anderson, calls on a strong cast including William Hartnell, Donald Houston, Ian Bannen and a young Bernard Cribbins.

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Early Great War Films Ft. Andy Moody

Early Great War Films Ft. Andy Moody

October 6, 2021

We are joined this week by Andy Moody, who is currently undertaking his Masters degree exploring popular cinema depictions of the Great War to talk about Great War films made between the wars. We enjoyed an in-depth discussion of a range of early films made during the interwar period, including: Ypres (1925), Mons (1926), Big Parade (1925) and Journey's End (1930).

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Cockleshell Heroes (1955) Ft. Saul David

Cockleshell Heroes (1955) Ft. Saul David

September 29, 2021

Prime your limpet mines, pull on your windproofs and climb into your canoes and join us as we paddle furiously into enemy territory to discuss 1955's Cockleshell Heroes with none other than historian Saul David.

Saul has a new history of the Special Boat Service out so what better film to tackle than Cockleshell Heroes. Starring Trevor Howard, Jose Ferrer, Victor Maddern, Christopher Lee and Percy Herbert as the Royal Marine Commandos tasked with sinking enemy ships deep in enemy territory!

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WarFest Wind Down

WarFest Wind Down

September 22, 2021

In this week's episode we talk about the We Have Ways of Making You Talk podcast's inaugural #WarFest! We had the honour of being asked to host the festivals first event - a War Movie Quiz. Then for the rest of the weekend we had the pleasure of enjoying the excellent talks from renowned historians and seeing some historic kit including tanks, jeeps and artillery in action. We enjoyed meeting some listeners and some past and future guests. If you couldn't make it to the festival this is a brief round up to give you a flavour of what it was like. We loved our first live event and can't wait to take part in more!

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Baskeyfield VC

Baskeyfield VC

September 15, 2021

In the last of this months Market Garden specials we bring you a very special look at an amateur feature from the 1960s.

'Baskeyfield VC' tells the incredible story of the actions of the famous John Baskeyfield who was the only Stoke born recipient of the Victoria Cross during the Second World War. Produced, written and directed by Bill Townley over 3 years his film is a hidden gem within the war movie genre. From showing the exploits of Lonsdale force dug in around Oosterbeek Church to Baskeyfield's VC action itself the film is a feat of what a driven and passionate film maker can achieve on a micro-budget!

The film was lovingly restored by Ray Johnson of the Staffordshire Film Archive, we talk to Ray about this process during the episode.

The film is available to buy here - https://www.filmarchive.org.uk/products/baskeyfield-vc

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The War Below (2021)

The War Below (2021)

September 10, 2021

We were lucky enough to see an advanced screener of J.P Watt's 'The War Below' to bring you our exclusive review of his debut feature!

The film tells the story of a small team of civilian sewer engineers who are plucked from their jobs and tasked with helping dig mines underneath German strongpoints on the western front in the First World War by the legendary 'Hellfire Jack'.

This Anglo-American production punches above its budget to deliver tense tunnel sequences and brutal depictions of tunnel warfare.

Watch The War Below on VOD here -https://www.vertigoreleasing.com/portfolio/the-war-below/

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A Bridge Too Far: The Men of Attenborough‘s Private Army

A Bridge Too Far: The Men of Attenborough‘s Private Army

September 8, 2021

In this very special episode we are joined by Sebastian Abineri, Jack McKenzie and Timothy Morand who were part of what became known Attenborough's Private Army or the APA while filming Richard Attenborough's seminal war film 'A Bridge Too Far'. The APA were a large group of actors who played a variety of roles in the film. Join us as Seb, Jack and Tim regale us with their memories from filming and give us some insight into how the film was made!

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Band of Brothers: Replacements (2001)

Band of Brothers: Replacements (2001)

September 1, 2021

This week we embark on a series of episodes about Operation Market Garden on film which you'll tell you're grand children about... and mightily bored they'll be! We begin with 'Replacements', episode 4 of Band of Brothers which follows the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment's drop on Eindhoven and fighting at Nuenen.

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War Movie Sound Design with Sound Engineer Charles Maynes

War Movie Sound Design with Sound Engineer Charles Maynes

August 25, 2021

Ever wondered how sound in films works? Ever wondered what goes into making a machine gun sound fearsome? What goes into making a battle sound realistic? This week we are lucky enough to be joined by Charles Maynes, an Emmy-winning sound engineer, who has worked on a dozen prominent war films including Flags of Our Fathers/Letters from Iwo Jima, Starship Troopers, The Alamo, The Great Raid, The Pacific and The Forgotten Battle.

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Testament of Youth (2014) Ft. Olivia Smith

Testament of Youth (2014) Ft. Olivia Smith

August 18, 2021

This week we are joined by historian Olivia Smith, one half of the brilliant Khaki Malarkey podcast, to examine 2014's 'Testament of Youth'. We discuss the book the film is based on, World War One nursing and Vera Brittain - the protagonist and author of Testament of Youth. Released around the centennial of the beginning of the Great War the film stars Alicia Vikander, as Brittain, alongside a stellar cast including Kit Harrington, Colin Morgan, Taron Egerton, Dominic West and Hayley Atwell.

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