To many, Winston Churchill is the man who coaxed Britain through the terrible years of World War II.
To many, Winston Churchill is the man who coaxed Britain through the terrible years of World War II. Leading up to those years as Prime Minister, he had a distinguished career as a soldier, politician, and journalist. In 1899 he left for South Africa as a correspondent for London's "Morning Star" -- two weeks after the outbreak of the Boer War. Captured by Boer commandos, he was taken to a prisoner of war camp at Pretoria, from which he subsequently escaped. Despite a reward offered for his capture, Churchill managed to "jump" a train to Portuguese East Africa -- hidden in bales of wool.
In the Carl Foreman-Richard Attenborough film production of "Young Winston", Simon Ward plays Churchill, in a story based on Sir Winston's autobiography, "My Early Life". After special arrangements, Visnews was allowed to film the train-capture sequence, being shot on location in South Wales.
SYNOPSIS: A film, based on the autobiography of Winston Churchill, has been partly shot in Swansea. South Wales. This sequence deals with Churchill' participation in the Boer War. The film is the Carl Foreman-Richard Attenborough production of "Young Churchill".
Filming on location is always a problem, but it is especially difficult in an historical or period film. Everything from a box of moustaches to full gear must be brought in -- not to mention the actors, camera crew and other technicians. The star of this film -- playing the title role -- is Simon Ward. In his first major film role the 29-year-old actor was chosen from four-hundred others, over a period of six months.
The location, an old railway siding was chosen by the producers. Richard Attenborough said that it is almost an exact replica of Estcourt, near Ladysmith, in Natal, South Africa, where Churchill was captured during the Boer War.
In 1899 Churchill, as a correspondent for London's "Morning Star", went to South Africa -- two weeks after the outbreak of the Boer War. During an ambush on an armoured train, he was captured and taken to a prisoner of war camp at Pretoria - from which he subsequently managed to escape.
This part of Sir Winston's life forms one of the major action sequences of the film. Ten years ago, Churchill called Carl Foreman, suggesting a film be made from his autobiography, "My Early Life". The only stipulation was that Foreman cast an Englishman in the role of the late British Prime Minister. For Winston Churchill, his exploits in the Boer War were a stepping stone for his later distinguished career.