Uniform brings drama to life

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An authentic German officer’s uniform from World War II is providing a dramatic reminder of the terror and upheaval of the period to coincide with a local film club’s screening.

Peter Scally, who lives near Culzean Castle, and is the curator of the Combined Ops Museum in Hut 61, Cultybraggan Camp, Comrie in Perthshire, leapt at the chance of loaning the uniform from his extensive stock. Peter who loans out military uniforms for films and theatre says he hired some of his stock for the war film Fury, starring Brad Pitt, as well as for the TV series Heartbeat.

Now Peter has loaned the uniform to the Carrick Cinema Club. It is advertising the upcoming film on Friday, February 19, to be shown at the centre from 7.30pm and set in 1940s France, based on the international best-selling work of Irène Némirovsky, Suite Francais. The film, essentially a love story timed to chime with Valentine’s day follows beautiful Lucile Angellier, played by Michelle Williams who awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war whilst leading a stifled existence with her domineering mother-in-law, a stirling performance by Kristin Scott Thomas. When Parisian refugees pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers, Lucile’s life is turned upside down.