December 07, 2016

“War Horse” UK premiere to benefit Foundation of Princes William and Harry – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” the director’s anticipated adaptation of the Tony-winning stage play, finally opens in theaters on Christmas Day, giving audiences the chance to catch up on the uplifting story of a young farmhand (Jeremy Irvine) and the unbreakable bond he shares with his horse, Joey.

Already, though, the Oscar contender is doing some good. DreamWorks Pictures just revealed that the UK “War Horse” premiere scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, will benefit the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. In addition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be in attendance, greeting Spielberg and members of his cast prior to a screening.

Here’s more from the release:

Six hundred serving and ex-serving military personnel and their families have been invited to the Premiere, alongside beneficiaries of military charities, which the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry helps to support. The servicemen and women have been invited from The Duke of Cambridge’s regiments, including RAF Search and Rescue, Household Cavalry, Irish Guards, Royal Air Force Coningsby, Scotland Royal Naval Command and Submarines Royal Naval Command.

With “War Horse,” Spielberg restages the horrors of WWI but finds a heartwrenching narrative thread about a determined horse separated from its owner by the battlefields that damaged Europe. Based on the best-selling children’s book by Michael Morpurgo, “War Horse” co-stars Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Toby Kebbell.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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