Australian writer-director Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) directs Brian Cox as one of Britain’s most prominent and complexicons, Pr ime Minister Winston Churchill, at a nail-bitingly crucial stage of World War II. Written by author and historian Alex von Tunzelmann, Churchill tells the story of the 48 hours before the D-Day landings in 1944. Allied Forces are on the brink of action, with a massive army secretly assembled on Britain’s south coast poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe – all waiting for Churchill’s potentially triumphant (or totally disastrous) OK.
Drawing heavily on Churchill’s relationship with his beloved wife Clementine (Miranda Richardson), and with an excellent wider supporting cast including John Slattery (as President Eisenhower), James Purefoy (as King George VI) and Ella Purnell (as Churchill’s secretary), this immersive biopic reveals the terrifying anxieties, both personal and political, at the heart of a fascinating man and historical moment.
“The actor touches on the haunted frailty of Britain’s wartime leader in a new film focusing on the run-up to D-Day”