War at Downton Abbey
The Great War served as a palpable backdrop for many events in the popular Masterpiece Theater drama, Downton Abbey. From the prosthetic limb maker to The Battle of the Somme; to the use of the manor house as a convalescent home for recuperating soldiers to the spectre of shell shock in those who survived, the series was admirable in its respectful and historically accurate treatment of the war and its effect on the characters.
Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 epic historical drama film based in part on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company Horizon Pictures, with the screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. The film stars Peter O’Toole in the title role. It is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema. The dramatic score by Maurice Jarre and the Super Panavision 70 cinematography by Freddie Young are also highly acclaimed.
The harrowing and dramatic stories of the Australian and New Zealand nurses who served in the Great War, based upon the excellent book by author Peter Rees.
Follow the stories of Matron, Olive and all of the nurses, as they travel through Egypt, Galipoli, France and beyond, in this story of courage and determination by some of the war’s lesser-sung heroes.
Cue to 39:00 for a montage and a beautiful rendition of “The Wild Rover.”
Cast members include:
- Anna McGahan as Sister Olive Haynes
- Caroline Craig as Matron Grace Wilson
- Georgia Flood as Sister Alice Ross-King
- Laura Brent as Sister Elsie Cook
- Antonia Prebble as Sister Hilda Steele
- Todd Lasance as Major Sydney “Syd” Cook
- Dustin Clare as Lieutenant Harry Moffitt
- Brandon McClelland (actor) as Lieutenant Norval ‘Pat’ Dooley
- John Waters as Colonel Thomas Fiaschi
- Charles Mayer as Major Xavier Leopold
- Thomas Cocquerel as Lieutenant Frank Smith
- Honey Debelle as Sister Kit McNaughton
- Rhondda Findleton as Matron Ellen “Nellie” Gould
- Sara West as Clarice Daley
- Leon Ford as Major John Prior
- Hannah Marshall as Sister Millicent Parker
- Charlotte Hazzard as Sister Florence Tilly
- Madeleine Jevic as Sister Meg Hayes
- Nathaniel Dean as Major Lionel Quick
- Brad Williams as Major Archibald Springer
- Nicholas Bell as General William Birdwood
- Josef Ber as Major Sherwin