WATCH: Sam Mendes takes us into the making of his new World War I film

Sam Mendes on the set of '1917.' (Photos supplied: Empire Entertainment)
Sam Mendes on the set of '1917.' (Photos supplied: Empire Entertainment)

Cape Town - Sam Mendes, the Academy award-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917.

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers— Blake's own brother among them.

Speaking about the making of the movie, Sam says: "The first World War stars with literally horses and carriages and ends with tanks. It's the moment where modern war, you can argue begins.

"From the very beginning, I felt this movie should be told in real-time, every step of the journey, breathing every breath of these men felt integral. There is no better way to tell this story than with one continuous shot."


The making of 1917.

The making of 1917.

The making of 1917.

The film releases in SA cinemas on Friday, 17 January.

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht. 

(Photos supplied: Empire Entertainment)

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