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John Boorman on his final film, 'Queen and Country'




Writer/Director/Producer John Boorman - ©Thierry Bonnet
Writer/Director/Producer John Boorman - ©Thierry Bonnet
©Thierry Bonnet
Writer/Director/Producer John Boorman - ©Thierry Bonnet
Caleb Landry Jones (Percy Hapgood) and Callum Turner (Bill Rohan) - ©Sophie Mutevelian
©Sophie Mutevelian
Writer/Director/Producer John Boorman - ©Thierry Bonnet
Sinead Cusak (Grace Rohan), John Standing (Grandfather George), David Hayman (Clive Rohan), Caleb Landry Jones (Percy Hapgood), Vanessa Kirby (Dawn Rohan) and Callum Turner (Bill Rohan) - ©Sophie Mutevelian
©Sophie Mutevelian
Writer/Director/Producer John Boorman - ©Thierry Bonnet
Tamsin Egerton (Ophelia) and Callum Turner (Bill Rohan) - ©Sophie Mutevelian
©Sophie Mutevelian
Writer/Director/Producer John Boorman - ©Thierry Bonnet
Callum Turner (Bill Rohan) dancing with Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Sophie Adams) and Miriam Rizea (Peggy) dancing with Richard E. Grant (Major Cross) - ©Sophie Mutevelian
©Sophie Mutevelian


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The new film "Queen and Country" is not your typical Hollywood sequel. 

It's the follow up to the 1987 Oscar-nominated film "Hope and Glory" - about a 9 year old boy named Bill Rohan, growing up in London during World War II.

Now, Bill is 18 and called to serve in the Army during the Korean War. Upon his arrival, he quickly makes a new friend, a fellow soldier named Percy. Queen and Country looks at their friendship, a budding romance with a mysterious young woman and surviving the military despite some truly cruel superiors.

"Queen and Country" was written and directed by John Boorman. The 82-year-old filmmaker says it's his last film. He told Take Two that making a film is very demanding, physically and mentally. "You need a great deal of energy and vitality," Boorman said. "And I feel those qualities are beginning to wane."

But Boorman's looking forward to the next chapter of his life. He says he will continue to write, as he has every morning since the age of sixteen. And he'll continue to write radio plays. "I love the feeling of being blind, having spent my life with images, going into the radio station and weave imagery out of words," he said.

"Queen and Country" opens in select US theaters today.

Watch the trailer for the film: