Wargaming , 21 st May, 2013 – London, UK, Wargaming.net, the award-winning publisher and developer, is pleased to announce that they are sponsoring a four day film extravaganza, entitled “Weekend at War” A programme of 10 of the greatest films made about World War II has been put together for an exclusive weekend-long presentation at Stratford Picturehouse.
Coinciding with US Independence Day, the first screening features the mesmerising Steve McQueen in THE GREAT ESCAPE on Thursday July 4th 2013.
This micro-season has been devised in collaboration with Wargaming, the publisher of World of Tanks, the ground breaking WWII computer game. The line-up surveys the full range of post-war films from the patriotic, emotion-stirring Bridge over the River Kwai and Dam Busters from the mid-fifties, to the more questioning movies of the seventies, such as Kelly’s Heroes.
“Wargaming is pleased to bring back these classical Hollywood blockbusters on big screen. The young generations will be able to watch them in the same way their parents or grand-parents did. These War films with classic heroes overcoming adversity at times of War have universal appeal”, said Frazer Nash, UK PR Manager for Wargaming.
· THE GREAT ESCAPE
(1963, Dir: John Sturges, 172mins)
The brilliant POW escape movie starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough
· THE DIRTY DOZEN
(1967, Dir: Robert Aldrich, 150mins)
A group of convicted murders trained for a mass assassination mission, starring Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland
· KELLY'S HEROES
(1970, Dir: Brian G. Hutton, 144mins)
US soldiers cross enemy lines in search of a secret stash of Nazi treasure. Starring Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas and Don Rickles.
· THE DESERT FOX: The Story of Rommel
(1951, Dir: Henry Hathaway, 88mins)
Biopic featuring The Afrika Korps and the attempted assassination of Hitler, starring James Mason and Cedric Hardwicke
· THE GUNS OF NAVARONE
(1961, Dir: J. Lee Thompson, 158mins)
A British squad sent to destroy a massive Nazi gun emplacement starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn.
· ICE COLD IN ALEX
(1958, Dir: J. Lee Thompson, 129mins)
A small band of army personnel in a desperate attempt to get across the deserts of North Africa, starring John Mills, Anthony Quayle and Sylvia Syms.
· TORA! TORA! TORA!
(1970, Dir: Richard Fleischer, 137mins)
The tale of what happened at Pearl Harbour starring Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten and So Yamamura.
· BATTLE OF BRITAIN
(1969, Dir: Guy Hamilton, 132mins)
The Royal Air Force battle the Nazis in this amazing film, starring Michael Caine, Trevor Howard and Kenneth Moore
· THE BRIDGE OVER RIVER KWAI
(1957, Dir: David Lean, 161mins)
The POWs forced to build the bridge are unaware of the allies plans to destroy it, starring Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and William Holden
· THE DAM BUSTERS
(1955, Dir: Michael Anderson, 105mins)
Based on a true story of the bouncing bomb starring Michael Redgrave and Ursula Jeans.
Tickets are available from May 31st at the Stratford Picturehouse http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/stratford or 0871 902 5740
For more information contact:
Tel: 01296 712522 Tel: 07588681566
Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 1500 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Australia.
Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to mid-20 th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armored MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 55 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs, and the naval World of Warships, both scheduled for release in 2013.
In June 2012, Wargaming announced the Wargaming.net Service, the epicenter of the online battle gaming universe that will gather the series under a single portal — www.wargaming.net.