Falklands War: The Untold Story (1987)


Introduction

Documentary examining the 1982 Falklands War 40 years on.

Refer to Falklands War: The Untold Story (2022).

Outline

The Falklands War was a battle between Argentine and UK when the South American nation decided to claim their island back (for them, it was called the Malvinas Island) after British establishment there in 1833. The conflict was of huge importance for both parties and claimed hundreds of lives even though it could easily be avoided. With rarely seen images from the battles and interviews from both sides, military personnel who was in the battleground and politicians, this documentary reveal a wider scope to what The Falklands War really was.

Five years after the war in the Falklands between Britain and Argentina, many facts were still wrapped in red tape. Many of the key figures had remained silent. No-one had been to Argentina to tell the other side of the story. For the majority of the British people, the war was another glorious chapter in their history. With flags waving and bands playing, British troops had sailed away to repel the invaders. Patriotic emotions were stirred as they returned victorious. ‘The Falklands War – The Untold Story’, shot in Britain, the United States, Argentina and the Falklands, revealed for the first time to the British public the harsh realities of modern warfare. It caused controversy in Britain because it also told Argentina’s story. Government MPs tried to get the film banned, but Yorkshire TV’s telephones were jammed with messages of support from wives and mothers of those who died in the conflict. Called ‘the documentary to end all documentaries about the Falklands War’ in the British press, it was also described as ‘more poem than polemic – a hymn against war’.

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s):
    • Philip Tibenham.
  • Director(s):
    • Peter Kosminsky.
  • Producer(s):
    • Michael Bilton … producer.
    • Patrick Buckley … associate producer.
    • Peter Kosminsky … producer.
    • John Willis … executive producer.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
    • Rachel Portman.
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
    • Terry Warwick.
  • Production:
    • BBC.
  • Distributor(s):
    • BBC.
  • Release Date: 1987.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 105 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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