Released; 2019

Location; Govan graving docks, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Directed by Sam Mendes this world war one adventure follows George MacKay as he desperately races to deliver a message to the British general on the front line to stop his planned assault on the German front line. Intelligence has identified they are charging into a trap and the lives of 1600 soldiers are going to be lost if he fails to deliver the message in time.

The story is told as if in real time and looks amazing. Edited and filmed to look like two continual shots (the big cut happens when the lead character Lance Corporal William Schofield is knocked out) it is a technical masterpiece but manages not to lose any of the story by trying to be too flash.

This is not a full set of locations by any means. The film was shot in Wiltshire, Surrey, Shepperton Studios, Salisbury plains and shown here, Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow.

I was able to get most of the Govan shots lined up but a couple of the line ups would have put me in more danger than I was willing to risk so not quite perfectly lined up but I hope you have enough of a line up for comparison.

The tower of the pump house looks different to the film as they built up the second story and added a section to the front for filming.

Not enough shots for a video on this project but I have added a video of my wander around Govan Graving docks. A piece of Glasgow’s maritime history that deserves to be saved.

I hope you enjoy the videos and picture sets below and if you have any connection to the film please get in touch and let me know. 

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