Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The war film makers forgot

Remember the Falklands War? You do?

Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War. In that time, as far as I am aware, the total output of the film industry consists of two films. Tumbledown, which was actually more about a soldiers injury and subsequent recovery, and An Ungentlemanly Act which focused on the early days of the Argentine invasion. I liked the second of those two, the first was rather dreary in my opinion, but am I alone in thinking that two films in 25 years is a bit mean for such a subject?

Why are there no films showing the heroism and skill of the Harrier squadrons operating against superior aircraft under such difficult conditions?

Where are the films featuring the great land battles of the war - Goose Green, Mount Harriet, Mount Longdon?

Why is there nothing to recount the bravery of our seamen as the Skyhawks roared in at sea level?

Once upon a time, when Britain was still a nation that had pride and self-belief (and a film industry worthy of the name), our film makers would have seen the Falklands War as the perfect basis for any number of movies in tribute to our armed forces. Not now. These days it has to be about some drearily depressing subject like back street abortion or drug abuse. Anything that might seem to be in the least bit patriotic is to be despised and derided as triumphalist jingoism.

Oddly enough, if we'd lost the war I bet there would have been a dozen films on the subject by now. That's modern Britain for you. A nation with nothing to say about it's history except - sorry.

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