One Life

One Life
Date: 30/04/2024 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:20 pm

This film has been described as a UK Schindler’s List because it portrays the determination of a British man, Nicholas Winton, to bring Jewish children to safety in the UK from Czechoslovakia, under the threat of imminent invasion from the Nazis. Because of the humility of the man, the story was barely known about until he was invited on Esther Rantzen’s This Life. This is the scene in the film that brings most people to tears, although there is plenty before hand that pierces the heart.

Anthony Hopkins plays Winton, a stockbroker in prosperous retirement in the 1980s who, after some nagging from his wife Grete (Lena Olin), is clearing out clutter and finally concentrates on something he’s been yearning and dreading to re-examine: a scrapbook with details of the 669 Czech Jewish children he and other humanitarians had saved. This involved raising money, badgering government departments for visas, organising foster care; his own Kindertransport in fact. Johnny Flynn plays Winton as the young pro-refugee activist and Helena Bonham Carter packs a mighty thespian punch as Flynn’s formidable no-nonsense mother Babette, who runs his campaign from London. The film does justice to these overwhelmingly moving events in British public life in a quietly affecting drama.

One Life

Year: 2023

Country: UK

Cert: 12A

Duration: 110 mins

Dir: James Hawes

' Anthony Hopkins is sensational.'

Venue: William Loveless Hall