PRINCE HARRY TO JOIN VETERANS AT DUNKIRK WORLD PREMIERE
Thursday 13th July, 2017
Prince Harry will attend the world premiere of Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s new film about the Dunkirk evacuation during the Second World War. His Royal Highness will attend the event at the Odeon Leicester Square alongside three veterans from Dunkirk, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
‘Dunkirk’ opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. The film is told from three perspectives – the air, land and sea.
Ahead of the premiere, Prince Harry will host a reception at Kensington Palace for Dunkirk veterans as well as three veterans from Dunkirk, Kosovo and Afghanistan who feature in a short film created by Contact to showcase the lasting impacts of war on Servicemen’s mental health. Contact is a collaboration of military charities (including Help for Heroes, Combat Stress, Walking With The Wounded and The Royal British Legion) working with the NHS and the MOD to help members of the Armed Forces community access mental health and wellbeing support. George Wagner (who served in Dunkirk), Gemma Morgan (who served in Kosovo) and Louis Nethercott (who served in Afghanistan) all share their stories and talk about the support they received when they returned home. Although many Servicemen and women experience no ill effects from their service, some (around 10%) can experience mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, anger, substance issues or possibly PTSD.
The short Contact film, which will be shown on big screens in Leicester Square on the night of the premiere, can be viewed above or at https://youtu.be/uomTInHkpeM.