The first of two big screen portrayals of Winston Churchill arrives in cinemas this week. Jonathan Teplitzky’s Churchill stars Brian Cox in the title role, with Miranda Richardson as his wife, Clemmy. Originally scheduled for the end of this year, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, with Gary Oldman as Churchill, has been put back until January 2018.
Set in 1944 in the run up to the Normandy Landings, Churchill shows the pressures of leading the country in the fight against Nazi Germany taking its toll on the Prime Minister, and his reservations about the planned invasion of Europe. Away from his speeches and public appearances, he’s not the man he was.
Filmoria’s Freda Cooper talked to director Jonathan Teplitsky, who speculates on the reasons behind the current crop of World War II movies and also gives a preview into his forthcoming series about Shakespeare for TNT.
Churchill is released in cinemas on Friday, 16 June. Read Filmoria’s official review here.