1917 boasted an amazing cast of British actors, including Colin Firth (Pride & Prejudice), Richard Madden (Bodyguard), Mark Strong (Shazam!), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Adrian Scarborough (Christopher Robin), Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Andrew Scott (Sherlock).
But even more impressive than that cast list is that the entire movie was filmed as if it’s a continuous shot!
Mendes explained: “I wanted people to understand how difficult it was for these men … From the very beginning I felt this movie should be told in real time … There is no other way to tell this story than with one continuous shot.”
Director of photography Roger Deakins added: “From the first moment I talked to Sam about the idea of it as a one shot movie, I knew it was going to be really immersive.”
A fascinating behind the scenes featurette details how the filmmakers took on this incredible challenge.
Watch it here:
The official synopsis reads: “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.”
1917 is available on DVD on Amazon.