Dunkirk to wrap in the US
Director Christopher Nolan’s feature Dunkirk, which recreates the famous maritime evacuation of Allied troops during the Second World War, is due to wrap shooting with a four-week stint in the US.
Nolan has been directing an array of A-list acting talent on the Warner Bros. project, including Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy.
While in the UK, local press reports showed photos of the cast and crew filming on locations in Dorset, including Weymouth and Swanage, with street and harbour closures and casting calls put out for extras.
The director is also reported to have used a real, re-conditioned naval destroyer shipped over from Brittany to retain authenticity and avoid the use of CGI.
The real-life events were on a vast scale: well over 338,000 soldiers were rescued by a flotilla of boats, some of which were tiny fishing vessels and pleasure craft. Churchill described the rescue as a “miracle of deliverance” in his iconic “We shall fight on the beaches” speech on 4 June 1940, the day the mission was completed.