Synopsis:‘We must launch now.’ It is June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink. A massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to crush Hitler’s encroaching army and re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill.
Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches is a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment. An impulsive, sometimes bullying personality, he is also fearful, obsessive and exhausted. Fearful of repeating his disastrous initiative of 1915, when hundreds of thousands of young men had been cut down on the beaches of Gallipoli. Obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness: his destiny. Exhausted by years of war and plagued by depression.
In this ticking-clock thriller, Churchill, played by Brian Cox, is a shadow of the hero who resisted Hitler’s Blitzkrieg, wrestling with inner demons. Should the D-Day landings fail, the Prime Minister is terrified he’ll be remembered as an architect of carnage. Political opponents sharpen their knives. General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery grow increasingly frustrated and want King George VI to intervene. With the entire war effort hinging on this decision, the stakes have never been higher. Only the support of Churchill’s brilliant, yet exasperated wife Clementine (Miranda Richardson) can halt the beleaguered Prime Minister’s physical and mental collapse.
Directed by Australian Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man), Churchill is the untold story of Britain’s most celebrated leader, uncovering the true nature of his herculean war-time status and his vital relationship with ‘Clemmie’ – his backbone and total confidante…the love that inspired him to greatness.
– Embankment Film
The untold story of D-Day
Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, James Purefoy, Ella Purnell
PG - Mature Theme, Sexual Content, Language May Offend