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  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU HAVE SEEN HIM IN EVERYTHING FROM

  • "HAMLET" TO "HARRY POTTER."

  • PLEASE WELCOME FIVE-TIME ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE KENNETH BRANAGH!

  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ( BAND PLAYING )

  • GOOD TO SEE YOU!

  • COME RIGHT OVER HERE, SIR.

  • AH, WE'VE NEVER MET BEFORE.

  • >> WE HAVE NOT.

  • >> Stephen: I'M SUCH A FAN.

  • EVER SINCE HENRY V.

  • WE GOT TO KNOW YOU IN AMERICA, EXTRAORDINARY DEBUT FOR US.

  • CHEERS AND "DUNKIRK."

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: WHICH HASN'T BEEN RELEASED.

  • IT'S GOING TO BE THE MOVIE OF THE SUMMER.

  • PEOPLE SAY IT'S INCREDIBLY EXCITING, DEEPLY AFFECTING,

  • SHOWING BOTH THE HORROR OF WAR AND THE BEAUTY OF HUMAN

  • SACRIFICE AND LOVE FOR THEIR FELLOW MAN AND WHAT THEY'RE

  • WILLING TO DO FOR BOTH COUNTRY AND HUMANITY.

  • BUT WE IN AMERICA DON'T KNOW THE STORY OF "DUNKIRK" VERY WELL.

  • DID YOU GROW UP WITH THE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED?

  • >> WE GREW UP WITH "DUNKIRK" SPIRIT WHICH IS THIS SENSE OF

  • NEVER SURRENDER, AND IT WAS BORN OUT OF 1940, 40,000 MEN, MOSTLY

  • BRITISH, WERE FORCED ON THE ISLAND OF "DUNKIRK."

  • >> Stephen: "DUNKIRK" IS THERE, THEN FRANCE.

  • 26 MILES?

  • >> 26 MILES.

  • THE ENTIRE BRITISH ARMY WERE TRAPPED THERE AND THE GERMAN

  • FORCES HAD THEM UNDER ATTACK WITH LAND FORCES FROM ABOVE AND

  • SEA.

  • THERE WAS A THING CALLED OPERATION DYNAMO AND IT WAS TO

  • GET THE MEN BACK HOME.

  • IT WAS INCREDIBLE AND PRODUCED AN AMAZING MIRACLE WHICH WAS TO

  • INVITE THE CIVILIAN FLEET OF BOATS FROM THE SOUTHERN HALF OF

  • ENENGLAND TO COME AND HELP.

  • >> Stephen: FISHING BOATS.

  • 15-FOOT BOTH.

  • >> 26 MILES.

  • 400,000 PEOPLE, THAT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE.

  • THE EXPECTATION, THE HOPE FROM WINSTON CHURCHILL WHO HAD BEEN

  • PRIME MINISTER FOR 16 DAYS AT THAT POINT WAS THAT MAYBE THEY

  • WOULD GET 30,000 MEN BACK.

  • THAT'S WHAT THEY HOPED FOR.

  • IN THE END, 360 PEOPLE WERE RESCUED FROM THAT BEACH

  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) >> Stephen: AMAZING.

  • AND THE THING IS THAT THIS IS THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE,

  • THIS IS THE BRITISH ARMY.

  • >> EXACTLY IS THAT YOU'RE ALL IN HERE.

  • IF THIS FORCE GETS WIPED OUT, IT'S GOING TO BE A MUCH

  • DIFFERENT WAR FOR ALL THE ALLIES.

  • >> YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT.

  • IF THAT RESCUE HADN'T OCCURRED, IF HOME HADN'T COME FOR THEM, IF

  • EVERY SORT OF MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD HADN'T COME ACROSS THE

  • 26 MILES OF WOULD YOU HAVE WATER UN-- COME ACROSS ROUGH WATER

  • UNDER ATTACK, WHO KNOWS WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED FOR EUROPE

  • AND THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF YOURS.

  • THANK GOODNESS.

  • PART OF WHAT HAPPENED WAS I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

  • RESPONDED WITH SOME DELIGHT AND SURPRISE AND AWE AND SAW SOME

  • "DUNKIRK" SPIRIT AND I THINK IT HAD A BIG IMPACT ON THE DECISION

  • TO COME HELP US.

  • >> Stephen: D.-DAY WAS A DIRECT REVERSAL FROM THIS

  • MOMENT, NOT FAR FROM THAT SPOVMENT NORMANDY IS JUST DOWN

  • THE BEACH A BIT.

  • >> IT'S AMAZING.

  • ALL THOSE PEOPLE LEFT IN 1940 AND WITH YOUR HELP CAME BACK

  • FOUR YEARS LATER.

  • WE MET SOME "DUNKIRK" VETERANS LAST WEEK AT THE PREMIERE.

  • >> Stephen: THAT MUST HAVE BEEN EXTRAORDINARY.

  • >> AMAZING.

  • I SAID, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE FILM?

  • THEY SAID, THE FILM WAS LOUDER THAN THE BATTLE.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) IT WAS.

  • WHICH I THINK REALLY TICKLED CHRIS NO LAND.

  • THEY SAID EVERYTHING CHRIS NO LAND PUTS IN THE MOVIE WAS AS

  • THEY EXPERIENCED IT.

  • IN THAT SENSE, IT WAS BEYOND EXHILARATING AND SCARY, BUT THE

  • NOISE OF THE BOMBS AT "DUNKIRK" DID FOUL ON THE AIR.

  • IT'S A MASSIVE STRETCH OF BEACH.

  • BUT TRAPPED IN CHRIS NO LAND'S AMAZING VISION OF THIS CONFLICT,

  • YOU CAN'T GET AWAY FROM THE SOUND OF THE BOMBS.

  • >> Stephen: NING THIS CLIP, YOU ARE ROYAL COMMANDER WHO?

  • >> BOLTON, A NAVAL COMMANDER.

  • THIS WAS A PIECE WHERE THE TENSION BETWEEN THE NAVY AND THE

  • ARMY ABOUT WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO GET THE MEN OFF THIS BEACH.

  • >> Stephen: JIM?

  • BUT IT'S RIGHT THERE.

  • YOU CAN PRACTICALLY SEE IT.

  • >> SEEING HOME DOESN'T HELP US GET THERE, COLONEL.

  • >> THEY NEED TO SEND MORE SHIPS.

  • EVERY HOUR THE ENEMY PUSHES CLOSER.

  • >> THEY'VE ACTIVATED THE SMALL VESSELS.

  • >> SMALL VESSELS?

  • THE LIST OF CIVILIAN BOATS FOR REQUISITION.

  • >> CIVILIAN?

  • WE NEED DESTROYERS.

  • >> SMALL BOATS GET CLOSER TO THE BEACH.

  • >> NOT IN THESE CONDITIONS.

  • I WOULD RATHER FACE WAVES THAN DIVE BOMBERS.

  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) >> Stephen: I LOVE THIS STORY.

  • I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS MOVIE.

  • WHEN I WAS A BOY THE FIRST BOOK I CHOSE TO READ IN A SINGLE

  • SITTING WAS SILENCE OVER "DUNKIRK."

  • IT'S AN AMAZING STORY.

  • I CAN'T WAIT.

  • ONE OF THE INCREDIBLE THINGS ABOUT THIS IS THAT, ACE SAID, WE

  • FIRST GOT TO KNOW YOU IN "HENRY V," WHICH ENDS WITH A BATTLE

  • WHICH IS JUST BELOW WHERE THAT D IS IN "DUNKIRK" THERE, AND

  • THAT'S, WHAT, 800 YEARS AGO?

  • >> ABSOLUTELY.

  • >> Stephen: SO BATTLES HAVE BEEN GOING BACK AND FORTH ACROSS

  • THIS.

  • >> THEY HAVE.

  • I THINK IN HENRY, THIS BATTLE WAS ANOTHER AMAZING UNDERSTORY

  • PIECE OF DRAMA.

  • 5,000 BRITS AGAINST 30,000 FRENCH AND THEY WON IN AN

  • INCREDIBLE REVERSAL OF FORTUNE.

  • SOMETHING ABOUT THE UNDERDOG STORY, I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THAT

  • WAS PART OF YOUR INTEREST IN READING THAT BOOK, BUT THE HUMAN

  • MIRACLE OF "DUNKIRK" IS WHAT TAKES YOU PERSONALLY INTO THE

  • HEART OF THESE STORIES.

  • ONE OF THE AMAZING THINGS OF CHRIS NO LAND'S FILM IS YOU'RE

  • AWARE OF ITS SCALE.

  • SUCH A WHITE KNUCKLE EXPERIENCE.

  • IF YOU SEE THIS MOVIE, YOU NEED TO GET READY FOR SOMETHING.

  • BUT YOU EXPERIENCE THE EPIC THING, BEING AMONG THE

  • 4 MILLION, AND FEELING THE BOMBS AND BOATS AND WEATHER CHANGING,

  • BUT YOU RELIVE IT IN PERSONAL STORIES AND INVITE YOU TO GO,

  • WHAT WOULD I DO?

  • I'VE SEEN IT THREE TIMES.

  • THE FIRST TIME, I WAS AWASH, IT WAS SO EMOTIONAL.

  • THE SECOND TIME, I FOUND MYSELF UNDERSTANDING HOW BRILLIANT

  • CHRIS NO LAND'S SCHEME WAS, AND THE THIRD TIME I WAS EXHILARATED

  • BIT, ADMIRING IT SO MUCH.

  • IT'S THAT HUMAN TOUCH.

  • HE PUTS THE PERSONAL AND THE EPIC TOGETHER.

  • HE'S DONE A WONDERFUL THING.

  • HATS OFF TO HIM.

  • IT'S MARVELOUS.

  • >> Stephen: I HAD A FRIEND WHO SAW IT AND SHE SAID IT IS A

  • DEEPLY EMOTIONALLY AFFECTING MOVIE, AND SHE SAID IT'S LIKE A

  • TWO-HOUR PANIC ATTACK THAT YOU'RE SO GLAD YOU HAD.

  • >> I FEEL YOU SHOULD TAKE A BOX BEFORE YOU GO IN AND SAY FIGHT

  • OR FLIGHT BECAUSE YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY IN AN ADRENALIZED

  • MOMENT.

  • WHAT HE DOES, HE SEEMS TO MAKE THE AUDIENCE SORT OF SIGN

  • SOMETHING THAT SAYS, YOU KNOW WHAT?

  • I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU TIME TO THINK.

  • YOU WILL ONLY HAVE TIME TO FEEL AND REACT JUST LIKE THESE PEOPLE

  • IN THE MOVIE SO THAT BY THE END OF IT YOU FEEL YOU ARE RIGHT

  • THERE WITH THEM.

  • >> Stephen: AS I WAS SAYING, I FIRST GOT TO KNOW YOU IN HENRY

  • V AND WE'VE SEEN YOUR HAMLET AND YOUR "AS YOU LIKE IT."

  • DID YOU ALWAYS LOVE SHAKESPEARE?

  • EVEN AS A BOY DID YOU TAKE TO IT?

  • >> NO, I CAME FROM A WORKING CLASS BELFAST FAMILY AND MY

  • PARENTS WERE NOT REMOTELY ASSOCIATED WITH BOOKS OR

  • SHAKESPEARE.

  • >> Stephen: WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR ACCENT?

  • >> I GUESS WHEN I WAS NINE I CAME TO ENGLAND, AND AT THAT

  • TIME I GUESS YOU WANT TO JUST KIND OF BLEND IN AND FIT.

  • >> Stephen: SURE.

  • FRANKLY, ALSO, YOU WANT TO BE UNDERSTOOD.

  • AND PEOPLE WERE SO INCREDIBLY INTOLERANT OF ACCENTS.

  • I THINK PEOPLE ARE MUCH MORE TOLERANT OF ACCENTS NOW, DON'T

  • YOU THINK.

  • >> Stephen: AH -- SURE.

  • ACCEPTING THIS GREAT DIVERSITY.

  • >> Stephen: SURE, YEAH.

  • BUT PEOPLE DIDN'T LIKE YOUR ACCENT AS A BOY?

  • >> WELL, I THINK IT WAS SOMETHING THAT -- THERE WAS

  • QUITE A LOT OF RIBBING ABOUT IT.

  • >> Stephen: DOES IT COME BACK IS THIS.

  • >> OF COURSE, IT DOES, STEPHEN.