A remarkable story of resilience, determination and love. Ed Preston in his old age Tony Barry tells the story from the day in , aged 28, he and his mates impetuously signed up after rugby practice, telling their wives later. Then, the reality: the terror of his first bayonet charge, then capture by the Germans after three weeks on the Egyptian desert battlefield. Then he endured two tortuous years in prisoner-of-war camps in Italy and a further year in neutral Switzerland before he finally arrived home at Christmas Home, where he had to re-build his relationship with his young wife, Tui Chelsie Preston Crayford and get to know four-year-old Edward junior, the son he had never seen.
What did you do in The War, Mummy? She weaves drama and documentary elements around her interview with her father realistically reconstructed with actor Tony Barry into a heart-warming story of the survival of a marriage torn apart by the horrors of war. Ed Preston, a laconic everyman-gone-to-war, lives through the extremes of battle, Italian prisoner of war camps, escape on foot over mountains into Switzerland and eventually returns to his homeland.
The story is told by Ed Tony Barry in the form of an interview with his daughter Gaylene Preston appearing as herself , interlaced with flashbacks to his youth compellingly brought to life by Henderson and Preston Crayford, and illustrated with poignant use of family photographs, archival film footage and wartime photographs.
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Application portal NZ Film on demand. Search form Search this site: Submit Search. Contact Us. Home Home By Christmas. Back to content top anchor. Can the spirit of the holiday, combined with a stint After a well-to-do woman divorces her cheating husband, she ends up homeless through a series of mishaps.
So this was your typical Lifetime movie helped along by Linda Hamilton, a decent supporting cast and a fairly addictive story.
These movies are so easy to get sucked into and this was no exception as the reasons for "Julia's" hardships are certainly plausible enough cheating husband, followed by divorce, followed by several mishaps that leave her homeless and then you just have to see how she's going to put her life back together and what man will come along to provide the romance.
I like Linda Hamilton and she does a good job here, at first I found her portrayal of Julia to be freakishly upbeat and bubbly in an overacted way but I've come to the conclusion that was how the character was written as she's consistent ly gung-ho throughout. Her relationship with her daughter seemed realistic, the real-estate angle was entertaining and I also enjoyed Canadian actor Rob Stewart as the said love interest. Its a little frightening to see just how quickly someone's stable, affluent life can fall apart and this was certainly intriguing to watch as she struggles to rebuild herself, discovering along the way that what is most valuable in life are not material things.
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The situation in Korea was becoming precarious. Chinese troops were surrounding and overpowering many of our marine units, especially around the Chosen Reservoir. Weather at 20 below was taking it's toll. Soon the Eighth Army was in full retreat with a real catastrophe in the making.
After moving into a small apartment, Julia tries to make do while working a minimum wage job. Drama Family Fantasy. Weather at 20 below was taking it's toll. And then the troop trains started coming back from Mons — trainload after trainload of them — with frightfully severely wounded people. Julie Bedford Rob Stewart Tell the community what you thought about it by posting your comments here!
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