Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 37m
An enduring symbol of British strength, ingenuity, and enterprise is explored in a new documentary, made to celebrate the centenary of the RAF.
In the late 1930s, Britain faced a considerable threat from Nazified Germany, which greatly outranked it in military resources. In order to repel the enemy, enormous feats were required -not simply from brave pilots, but also great ingenuity from its designer, R.J. Mitchell, and enormous industry from those who built their planes, who had to work around the clock in order to keep as many fighters in the air as possible.
While not deploying the visceral techniques of Dunkirk, the documentary displays a stirring but thoughtful expression of its subject. Besides magisterial narration from Charles Dance, immersive aerial photography and a rousing score from David Roe, the film's highlights are its interviews with former pilots, who, despite all being greatly advanced in years, speak with humour and insight on their astounding experiences in the plane.
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