A new film by director Christopher Nolan will host its world premiere in London and will be attended by Prince Harry, as well as Veterans.
Held at the Odeon Leicester Square, Prince Harry and the three veterans from Dunkirk, Kosovo and Afghanistan will be the guests of honour.
‘Dunkirk’ follows Dunkirk evacuation during the Second World War from three perspectives; the land, air and sea. The film starts with thousands of British and Allied troops surrounded by enemy forces “trapped on the beach with their back to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.”
Before heading to the premiere, a reception hosted by Prince Harry at Kensington Palace for Dunkirk veterans will take place. The three veterans from Kosovo, Afghanistan and Dunkirk who are part of a short film by Contact to demonstrate the lasting PTSD affects from war will also be in attendance.
According to the press release from Kensington Palace “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.”
The short film that will be shown on big screens in Leicester Square the evening of the premiere will feature interviews from Gemma Morgan from Kosovo, Louis Nethercott from Afghanistan and George Wagner from Dunkirk who all speak of the support they had when returning from war.
Around 10 percent of servicemen and women deal with mental health issues like depression, anger, anxiety and PTSD which can lead to substance abuse issues when not giving the proper support to learn how to work through their problems.
The short film by Contact can be viewed on YouTube.
Prince Harry actively campaigns for veteran’s support, being a veteran himself serving on two tours.