The Battle of Dunkirk was one that left 97-year-old Ken Sturdy with memories he can’t seem to shake. That’s why he was so apprehensive about seeing the movie “Dunkirk” in theatres. On one hand, he was eager to see if the battle was represented fairly – on the other, he was nervous that the film would bring to light things he’s wanted to forget since leaving the beach.
Thankfully, the movie was a solid representation of what Sturdy went through on the French beach. In an interview with Canada’s Global News, Sturdy revealed that the film’s focus on cinematography was perfect. He said, “It didn’t have a lot of dialogue It didn’t need any of the dialogue because it told the story visually and it was so real.” The film was so accurate that it actually left Sturdy in tears. After years of suppressing the memories, Sturdy was dealing with the battle for the first time in decades.
While nothing can stop the memories from returning, Sturdy can rest assured that the story of Dunkirk is being told accurately. Now Sturdy is trying to warn future generations about the truthfulness of battle. He said, “Tonight I cried because it’s never the end. It won’t happen. We the human species are so intelligent and we do such astonishing things. We can fly to the moon but we still do stupid things… So, when I see the film tonight, I see it with a certain kind of sadness. Because what happened back then in 1940, it’s not the end.” See Sturdy’s reaction to “Dunkirk” for yourself by pressing “play” on the video below.