Andy De Emmony reads The Wipers Times
- Film tells the true story of how one man turned the horrors of war into black comedy
Director Andy De Emmony (West Is West [+see also:
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Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman (A Bunch Of Amateurs), the film follows Captain Fred Roberts and soldiers of the 12th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottingham & Derbyshire Regiment), who discovered a printing press in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium in 1916 during the First World War and decided to publish a satirical magazine called The Wipers Times – “Wipers” being army slang for Ypres. Full of gallows humour, The Wipers Times was poignant, subversive and very funny, produced literally under enemy fire and defying both authority and gas attacks.
The Wipers Times is a Trademark Films Production, funded by BBC, Northern Ireland Screen Fund (supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund), Goldcrest Films and Content Media. David Parfitt (My Week With Marilyn [+see also:
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The film will air on BBC 2 in the UK. However, the producers are looking to release the film theatrically in other territories with Content commencing international sales at the Toronto film festival.
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