James Hawes’ ‘One Life’ Starring Anthony Hopkins As “British Schindler” Heads To London Film Festival

August 11, 2023

James Hawes’s drama One Life, starring Anthony Hopkins as Holocaust rescue hero Nicholas Winton, will make its European debut at the London Film Festival in October as part of its gala program, following the film’s TIFF world premiere.

The picture’s starry cast also features Johnny Flynn, Lena Olin, Romola Garai, Alex Sharp, Marthe Keller, Jonathan Pryce and Helena Bonham Carter.

The film tells the true story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton, who, as a young London broker, rescued 669 children from the Nazis in the months leading up to World War Two.

Winton visited Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, living in desperate conditions with little or no shelter and food, and under threat of Nazi invasion.

In a race against time, he acted to get as many children out as possible before the borders closed, but would remain haunted and wracked with guilt over the fate of those he was unable to save.

In 1988, Winton was invited to the BBC’s TV show That’s Life, where to his surprise, the audience was revealed to be made-up entirely of adults he helped save as children. Only then, was he finally able to come to terms with the guilt and grief he had carried for five decades.

Produced by See-Saw Films who developed the film alongside BBC Film, One Life was made with the support of BBC Film.

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