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A televised adaptation of the seminal Canadian play "Billy Bishop Goes to War". The play is inspired by the true exploits of WWI Flying Ace William Avery "Billy" Bishop. Accompanied by the award-winning writer/composer John Gray, Canadian acting legend Eric Peterson plays Bishop in his twilight years as he reminisces about his life. Written by
I love this Canadian film, perfect for Remembrance or Veterans Day
Billy Bishop is a Canadian hero and icon, having shot down the most enemy planes ever, in the First World War. This was originally a play, written in 1978 by the two actors, and thankfully made into this unique film. Fortunately I was able to see this at a film festival, on Remembrance Day no less, in which the producer was present for a question-and-answer period afterward. I absolutely loved it. It was based on many letters written from Billy to his love, Margaret, during the Great War. Willis-Sweete is one of the best directors at adapting stage work for the big screen. I hope to see more of her work, and only wish my eight year-old son had been with me to be inspired by one of the greatest Canadians who ever lived.
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