Jackboots on Whitehall trailer online
This is undoubtedly one of my must-see films at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Jackboots on Whitehall has been talked about for a long time and this is the first real look at how the film's going to turn out, and I think it's pretty damned funny.
The film features the voice talents of Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Alan Cumming, Dominic West, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Richard Griffiths, Richard O'Brien, Pam Ferris, Tobias Menzies and Stephen Merchant to name but almost all of the cast.
I'm really hopeful for Jackboots on Whitehall, which gives me the feeling of Team America: World Police but with British humour and the interesting set-up that the Nazi's invaded and took over England, and Churchill is hiding out and launching his counter offensive.
I do love the line from the voice-over man:
”A story this big had to be scaled down”
One gripe though, did I catch that right, are they getting Ewan McGregor to voice an English bloke? I did think that they were building it up to be that Scotland was the place holding out against the Nazi invasion and the resistance was launching their attacks from there, I'm not sure if that's still the case although I have seen some press material with a Churchill figure surrounded by Scots guards.
It was way back in 2006 that we first heard about the film, and then the plot was:
"...a story where the Germans have won the Battle of Britain and defeated the English but have yet to fight against the Scottish nation."
Kent, 1940. Our heroes, a group of villagers from a quiet part of the English South Coast, seem blissfully unaware of the impending doom that sits across the Channel. But Chris, a young farm worker, dreams of the chance to join the army and fight in exciting new lands rather than be stuck in the slow paced village life he has grown up in. His chance comes when the three top Nazis, the enormous Goering, the malnourished Goebbels and the scarily camp Himmler hatch a plan to invade England by drilling under the English Channel and into the heart of London.
That looks a whole lot of crazy fun, count me in. I'll be seeing it in a week or so, colour me excited.