Dr Toby Haggith is a historian who has worked at IWM since 1988, mainly with the film collection. He is now a Senior Curator in the Department of Second World War and Mid-20th Century Conflict.
BASED ON THE INCREDIBLE WORLD WAR II SPY STORY….
AND MAKE SURE YOU CATCH THE SMASH-HIT OPERATION MINCEMEAT PLAY AT RIVERSIDE STUDIOS FROM 28TH APRIL!
In 1943, with the Second World War raging, the Allies are determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe and plan an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge – how to protect a massive invasion force from potential massacre
Two mismatched British intelligence servicemen- an elite, upper-crust naval officer (Colin Firth) and an eccentric RAF lieutenant (Matthew Macfadyn)- conceived an ingenious plan called Operation Mincemeat. The plan: get a corpse, equip it with secret, but false and misleading, papers concerning an Allied invasion, then drop it off the coast of Spain where German spies would, they hoped, take the bait. The lives of literally thousands of people, and maybe the fate of the free world, rest on the success of this operation.
“The wholesome mood of spiffing pluck reminds us of the best of those British war movies actually made within shouting distance of 1945, before the country turned the genre into an industry.” ★★★★ - Financial Times
"[Macfadyen] gets most of the best lines and quips and carries his role with a deft balance of sympathy and malign intent." ★★★★ - The Times