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1917: discover the secrets of this remarkable one-shot war movie


You've heard of the concept of a long take in a movie – think the carefully choreographed opening credits of Baby Driver as a recent example. But what about an entire movie filmed in one long, continuous shot?

That's the audacious conceit of new World War I drama, 1917. It's directed by American Beauty and Skyfall director Sam Mendes, and promises to break new technical ground in its depiction of harrowing trench warfare.

Mendes reunites with Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (whose work can currently be seen in The Goldfinch) for this story of survival against the odds.

George MacKay (Pride) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) are the two young soldiers who are dispatched to deliver a message warning of an imminent German ambush. The mission is especially personal for Private Blake (Chapman) because his brother is one of those in danger should the message not reach the squadron.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Mark Strong and Colin Firth round out the cast, and Mendes is promising maximum immersion in the horrors of war – in real time. Go behind the scenes in this video and discover how 1917 was brought to life.

1917 is released on 10th January 2020.