Saturday, April 9, 2016

War Film 6: Zulu (1964)

Detailing one of the outstanding small actions of the Nineteenth Century, Zulu tells the story of the small band of British soldiers who defended the mission outpost of Rorke's Drift against up to 4000 Zulu warriors. Starring Stanley Baker, Michael Caine and Jack Hawkins, it's a timeless favourite - "with some guts behind it". Click the image below to listen to the podcast (27.5MB, 1 hour 16 mins).

Recorded Saturday 2 Apr 2016, edited by Garen Ewing.

Notes & Errata: First Boer War, 1880-81; Second Boer War, 1899-1902. And how could we forget ... "Don't throw those bloody spears at me!" was from The Man Who Would Be King.

Colin Mathieson's website.

Purchase the DVD from Amazon UK: Zulu (1964).

Thursday, January 21, 2016

War film 5: It Happened Here (1964)

Made by two teenagers in late 50s/early 60s Britain over 8 years on a minuscule budget, It Happened Here is both a remarkable achievement and a stark commentary on the nature of war and occupation with a relevance to both historical and modern times. Created and directed by Kevin Brownlow, and starring Pauline Jobson, Sebastian Shaw, and a fascinating cast of volunteers, extras, and members of the public (26.1MB, 1 hour 12 mins).

Recorded Saturday 16 January 2016, edited by Garen Ewing.

Purchase the DVD from Amazon UK: It Happened Here (1964).