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It Happened Here

+ discussion with co-directors Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo

A chillingly powerful tale of what might have happened if the Nazis had invaded Britain…

Image from It Happened Here + discussion with co-directors Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo

UK 1965
Dirs Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo
With Pauline Murray, Sebastian Shaw, Bart Allison
101min
Digital
Certificate PG

This extraordinary film – an immensely powerful tale of what might have taken place if the Nazis had invaded Britain in 1940 – was eight years in the making, helped along by financial support from Tony Richardson, whose work we celebrated earlier this year. Shot on both 16mm and 35mm with a cast of mainly amateurs, the result is impressively polished and professional. The gritty black and white photography and incredible attention to detail give it a documentary realism that makes for tense viewing. To mark Kevin Brownlow’s 80th birthday, the BFI has remastered the film. We look forward to welcoming him and some of his collaborators for a post-screening discussion.

It Happened Here is released on dual-format Blu-ray and DVD by the BFI on Monday 23 July.

Also available on BFI Player.

See our screenings of Brownlow on Hollywood and Winstanley.


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