drama, war I 2018 I Poland, UK
THURSDAY, 25/10/2018 6:30pm
Original Title: DYWIZJON 303.
Duration: 115 min
Language: English and Polish with English subtitles
Director: Denis Delić
Writer: Chris Burdza, Tomasz Kępski, Jacek Samojłowicz
They were the highest-scoring Allied fighter pilots squadron in the Battle of Britain, downing three times the average Royal Air Force score while incurring only one-third the average casualties.
SQUADRON 303 tells the thrilling story of the legendary No. 303 Polish squadron and their heroic fight for a free Europe alongside RAF pilots in the Battle of Britain.
It's 1940, the darkest days of World War II. After German invasion, Poland is under German and Soviet occupation. France has also fallen, bringing 30,000 Polish military personnel across the Channel, including about 8,500 pilots. A group of Polish exile pilots get through Romania and France to Great Britain, where they make up the 303 "Kościuszko" Fighter Squadron - a squadron that will change the face of war against Germany.
The Polish-British co-production is based on the non-fiction book by Arkady Fiedler, a writer and journalist who chronicled the extraordinary achievements of 303 Squadron after he saw all the attention that the Polish pilots were getting from the British press. He began writing his book during the Battle of Britain, spending time with the Polish pilots at their base at RAF Northolt in West London. The book was secretly transported to occupied Poland where account of the successes of Polish fighter pilots fighting for freedom far from home boosted morale in the harassed country.
1940: Nearly entire Europe is occupied by Hitler.
“The Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization.
The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age.”
Winston Churchill, speech of June 4, 1940
The fighter pilots won the Battle of Britain, and didn't let enemy hordes invade the island. The 303 Squadron shot three times more Luftwaffe planes than any other allied squadron. The film tells the story of Polish pilots Jan "Donald" Zumbach (Maciej Zakościelny), Witold Urbanowicz (Piotr Adamczyk), Witold "Tolo" Łokuciewski (Antoni Królikowski), Ludwik Witold Paszkiewicz (Jan Wieczorkowski), Mirosław "Ox" Ferić (Krzysztof Kwiatkowski).
POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN PERTH 2018
The story of Polish 303 Fighter Squadron
They were the highest-scoring Allied fighter squadron in the Battle of Britain, downing three times the average RAF score while suffering one third of the casualties.
Thursday 25 October 6:30 pm