The Reconstruction of Warriors:
The Reconstruction of Warriors is a period film set during World War II. According to preliminary reports from Hungarian web sites, it will be directed by Hungarian cinematographer and director Lajos Koltai and will star Jeremy Irons and Ashley Judd. The film is based on real events that took place during the Anglo-German air battles and is centered around the story of Archibald McIndoe, a heroic plastic surgeon who treated burn victims during the war. According to several Hungarian news sites, the final script is written and financing is secured, but they are still casting the third co-star. Filming is set to begin in late October (although one site said late November). Filming
will take place in Ireland and in Hungry where they will recreate the hospital scenes in a studio.
As you know, sometimes it is too early in the game to know whether or not these film projects will go through, but we will keep you posted as we hear more.
Here is a link to one of the translated Hungarian sites!
To learn more about the story of Archibald McIndoe, read the following synopsis from Amazon of the book The Reconstruction of Warriors by E.R. Mayhew:
The Second World War produced a unique band of heroes: a small international group of men that were uniquely celebrated and lauded for their remarkable courage. The group was the so-called Guinea Pig Club, the band of airmen who crawled from burning aircraft but suffered the worst imaginable burns and crash injuries. The 647 survivors included British, Canadian, Czech and Polish airmen. Before the war, no one had anticipated airmen would survive mid-air fires. Consequently, provision for their care was virtually non-existant. Their rehabilitation was placed in the hands of one plastic surgeon named Archibald McIndoe at a hospital in East Grinsted, in the south of England. McIndoe quickly constructed a medical infrastructure from scratch. After arguing with his superiors, he set up a revolutionary new treatment regime. Uniquely concerned with the social environment, or 'holistic care', McIndoe also enlisted the help of the local civilian population. He rightly secured his patients a place in society as Allied war heroes. The Canadian government was so impressed with his work that it funded a Canadian Wing at the hospital.
For the first time official records have been used to fully explain how the patients were injured, treated, then paraded as heroes. Using gripping first-hand accounts, Emily Mayhew paints a genuinely-moving picture illustrating incredible courage and triumph.
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