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Reg

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • David Blair
  • 89 mins
  • 15

Summary

In June 2003, Lance Corporal Tom Keys was among six military policemen killed by a mob in the Shia city of Majar al-Kabir in southern Iraq. Angered by his belief and the growing public feeling that the war with Iraq was based on a lie, Tom's father Reg forms pressure group Military Families Against the War and decides to stand against prime minister Tony Blair in his home constituency of Sedgefield in the 2005 general election. Fact-based drama, starring Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin

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Review

A Jimmy McGovern drama about the Iraq War is always going to hit hard. But what works well about Reg is that it is no tub-thumping polemic. It relates in steady, understated scenes the true story of Reg Keys, a retired ambulance driver whose 20-year-old son Tom was one of six military policemen killed by a mob at an Iraqi police station in 2005.

The opening scene where Reg and his wife Sally receive that news at their house in the Welsh countryside is not laboured but powerfully sad. It helps that Reg is played by Tim Roth with old-fashioned heft and firmness and Sally by Anna Maxwell Martin, whose portrait of a grieving mother’s decline is as affecting as you would expect.

Reg eventually decides to direct his anger at Tony Blair, “because he took us to war on a lie” and his defiant gesture and quiet moral authority make for a moving story of injustice, power and the world of pain behind every casualty of war.

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Credits

Cast

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Reg KeysTim Roth
Sally KeysAnna Maxwell Martin
Richard KeysElliott Tittensor
NanSandra Voe
Major PotterChris Brailsford
OfficerRichard Cahill
First SoldierFrankie Wilson
Brize Norton OfficerMichael Keogh
Tom KeysZac Fox
Major Bryn Parry JonesCharlie Anson

Crew

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DirectorDavid Blair
WriterJimmy McGovern
WriterRobert Pugh
ProducerColin McKeown
ProducerDonna Molloy
ComposerEdward Shearmur
EditorPatrick Hall
Production designerSimon Rogers

Details

Released on
2016-06-06
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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