SAS Rogue Heroes

UK 2022, 60 mins
Director: Tom Shankland

+ panel and Q&A with creator/writer Steven Knight, cast members Connor Swindells and Alfie Allen, Director Tom Shankland and Exec Producer Karen Wilson.

Filmed on location in the UK and Morocco, SAS Rogue Heroes is the dramatised account of how the world’s greatest Special Forces unit, the SAS, was formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of World War Two.

Steven Knight, SAS Rogue Heroes writer and executive producer, says: ‘It has been a privilege to work on a project which tells the story of a renegade band of soldiers who used wit and imagination as much as firepower to halt the march of Fascism across North Africa during the darkest days of World War Two. This is a war story like no other, told in a way that is at once inspired by the facts and true to the spirit of this legendary brigade of misfits and adventurers.’

Rich with action and set-pieces, SAS Rogue Heroes is the exhilarating story of renegade men taking monumental risks in extraordinary circumstances.

Cairo, 1941. David Stirling (Connor Swindells) – an eccentric young officer, hospitalised after a training exercise went wrong – is bored. Convinced that traditional commando units don’t work, he creates a radical plan that flies in the face of all accepted rules of modern warfare. He fights for permission to recruit the toughest, boldest and brightest soldiers for a small undercover unit that will create mayhem behind enemy lines. More rebels than soldiers, Stirling’s team are every bit as complicated, flawed and reckless as they are astonishingly brave and heroic.

Directed by: Tom Shankland
Produced by: Stephen Smallwood
Developed for television and Written by: Steven Knight
Based on the book SAS: Rogue Heroes by: Ben Macintyre
©/Production Company: Kudos
For: BBC
Executive Producers: Karen Wilson, Emma Kingsman-Lloyd, Martin Haines,
Steven Knight, Ben Macintyre, Tom Shankland
Executive Producer for BBC: Tommy Bulfin
Casting Director: Kahleen Crawford
2nd Unit Director: Dandice Onyeama
1st Assistant Director: Marcus Catlin
2nd Assistant Director: Anne Warter
Production Manager: Marcia Gay
Production Co-ordinator: David Brooks
Supervising Location Manager: David Kellick
Supervising Location Manager Morocco: Khalid Ameskane
Post-production Supervisor: Portia Napier
Script Editor: Heather Larmour
Script Supervisor: Emilija Paulauskaite
Director of Photography: Stephan Pehrsson
2nd Unit Director of Photography: Robert McGregor
Editor: Helen Chapman
Visual Effects Supervisors: David Sewell, Michael Illingworth
Production Designer: Richard Bullock
Art Director: Ghillie Smith
Costume Designer: Rachel Walsh
Make-up and Hair Designers: Angie Mudge, Debbie Ormrod, Ang Oxley-Evans
Composer: Ilan Eshkeri
Sound Recordist: Judi Lee Headman
Re-recording Mixer: Nigel Squibbs
Stunt Co-ordinator: Neil Finnighan

Cast (in order of appearance)
Connor Swindells (David Stirling)
Miles Jupp (Major Knox)
Beru Tessema (Canary barman)
Michael Shelford (Australian soldier 1)
Joe Corrigall (Australian soldier 2)
Jack O’Connell (Paddy Mayne)
Alfie Allen (Jock Lewes)
Corin Silva (Jim Almonds)
Jacob Ifan (Pat Riley)
James Wilbraham (Guardsman Roberts)
N.G. Rees (wounded man 1)
Andrew MacNaughton (wounded man 2)
Julian Mileta (wounded man 3)
Amir El-Masry (Dr Gamal)
Dónal Finn (Eoin McGonigal)
Sofia Boutella (Eve Mansour)
Ramzan Miah (snooker player)
Bradley Banton (De Havilland pilot)
Anthony Calf (Stirling’s father)

UK 2022©
60 mins

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