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Walter's War

  • Drama
  • War
  • 2008
  • Alrick Riley
  • 60 mins

Summary

The substantially true story of Walter Tull, a black man whose grandfather was a slave but who was born in Folkestone, Kent, in England, and who, in the years prior to the First World War, was a professional football player for Tottenham Hotspur. However, despite the odd flashback the film focuses solely on his prowess in the war. In 1916 he is a non-commissioned officer, heroically attempting to save comrades and is recommended for training as an officer at a military school in Scotland where he encounters prejudice because of his colour, as well as impressing and dating a local girl. His single-mindedness and desire to be the best impresses the fair-minded Captain Coombes and he ultimately attains his commission. However, he is killed in 1918 and a postscript informs us that, whilst he was recommended for the Military Cross, it was never bestowed upon him.

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Credits

Cast

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Walter TullO-T Fagbenle
Lieutenant HarperPaul Westwood
Young SoldierZac Fox
Daniel TullKwame Kwei-Armah
Young WalterGlen Shaw
Young EdwardKit Young
Reverend Dr StevensonJulian Forsyth
Edward TullMichael Wildman
Sergeant FullerEwan Stewart
Captain CoombesDugald Bruce-Lockhart

Crew

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DirectorAlrick Riley
WriterKwame Kwei-Armah
ProducerRuth Caleb
ComposerDebbie Wiseman
EditorAnthony Combes
Production designerTom Bowyer

Details

Released on
2008-11-09
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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