My Boy Jack

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Its 1915 and World War I has been declared. Aged only 17, Kiplings son, like most of his generation, is swept up in the enthusiasm to fight the Germans, a mood stoked vigorously by his father. Jack is cripplingly short sighted and the army has rejected... read more

Its 1915 and World War I has been declared. Aged only 17, Kiplings son, like most of his generation, is swept up in the enthusiasm to fight the Germans, a mood stoked vigorously by his father. Jack is cripplingly short sighted and the army has rejected him twice, rendering him too myopic even for an army suffering thousands of casualties a week and desperate for recruits. Yet Rudyard is undeterred, determined that his son should go to the front, like countless other sons, and fight for the values that he, Kipling, espouses so publicly. Using his fame and influence, Kipling persuades Lord Roberts, on his death bed, to get Jack a commission in the Irish guards. This intervention is barely tolerated by Carrie and daughter Elise (Carey Mulligan), as they disagree that Jack is fit to fight and fear for his safety on the front line. Jack is instantly popular with his troop he is a great leader and trains tirelessly to overcome the disability that is his eyesight. Six months later Jack sails to France as a lieutenant. Jack went missing in action during the Battle of Loos and his mother and father carried out an increasingly desperate search for him, spanning many years and many miles.

Original Release

11/11/2007

Cast

Kim Cattrall Caroline Kipling
Daniel Radcliffe John Kipling
Julian Wadham King George V
David Haig Rudyard Kipling
Carey Mulligan Elsie Kipling
Martin McCann Bowe
Robbie Kay Arthur Relph
John-Paul Macleod Ralph
Richard Dormer Corporal John O'Leary
Rúaidhrí Conroy McHugh (as Ruaidhri Conroy)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Brian Kirk

Writers

David Haig

Cast

Kim Cattrall Caroline Kipling
Daniel Radcliffe John Kipling
Julian Wadham King George V
David Haig Rudyard Kipling
Carey Mulligan Elsie Kipling
Martin McCann Bowe
Robbie Kay Arthur Relph
John-Paul Macleod Ralph
Richard Dormer Corporal John O'Leary
Rúaidhrí Conroy McHugh (as Ruaidhri Conroy)
Laurence Kinlan Doyle
Ciaran Nolan Daly
Nick Dunning Colonel Ferguson
Michael McElhatton Leo Amery MP
Peter Gowen H.A Gwynne
Brian de Salvo Field Marshal 'Bobs' Roberts
Simon Coury Naval Doctor
Michael Grennell Commander Egan
Lucy Cray-Miller Mrs. Carter (as Lucy Millar)
Bill Milner Peter Carter

Producers

Robert Bernstein Executive Producer
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Nicole Finnan Executive Producer
James Flynn Executive Producer
Morgan O'Sullivan Executive Producer
Mary Alleguen Producer
Michael Casey Producer
David Haig Producer
Douglas Rae Producer

Editors

Tim Murrell

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