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Who Goes Next

+ intro by film historian Lucie Dutton

The friction between a group of British officers comes to a head as they plan their escape from a German prison camp.

Image from Who Goes Next + intro by film historian Lucie Dutton

UK 1938
Dir Maurice Elvey
With Jack Hawkins, Barry K Barnes, Sophie Stewart, Charles Eaton
85min
35mm

In the latter half of the 1930s the scent of impending war was in the air, and British cinema responded to the mood with films such as this First World War drama. Inspired by true events, Who Goes Next is set in the claustrophobic confines of a German prison camp in 1916, where the friction between a group of British officers comes to a head as they plot their escape. Interspersed with these tense scenes are impressions of life on the Home Front, which evoke the poignancy of wives and mothers awaiting those who never return. While the presentation of the enemy never strays far from caricature, Barnes and Hawkins are compelling as unwitting love rivals.


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