New Basque film to tell story of reporter who brought Guernica to world’s attention

The British news reporter who told the world about the Nazi bombing atrocities committed at Guernica during the Spanish Civil War is to be the subject of a major £4.2 million English-language feature film, due to hit the big screen in 2016.

Guernica town centre.

Guernica town centre. Image by Tony Hisgett / CC BY 2.0

George Steer’s reporting on the bombings that virtually flattened the Basque village inspired not only the sympathies of the UK and American public, but also Picasso who later painted the eponymous Guernica artwork - one of the Spanish artist’s most renowned paintings, which has become a world-famous depiction of the atrocities of war. The film is being directed by Basque countryman Koldo Serra and was shot in the Basque Country this autumn. It stars British actors James D’Arcy and Jack Davenport. Read more: theguardian.com

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