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Bulletin #113 – Nov 2017

Darkest Before the Dawn Gary Oldman Excels as Winston Churchill

Review by Michael F. Bishop

Darkest Hour released by Focus Features, directed by Joe Wright and starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas. Written by Anthony McCarten.

There is a lazy journalistic trope that suggests that films about Winston Churchill are a common occurrence, but Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright and starring Gary Oldman as Churchill, is the first major cinematic release about the great man since 1972’s Young Winston (with the regrettable exception of the dreadful Churchill, which defaced a tiny number of screens earlier this year before disappearing without a trace). Read More >

Mr. Churchill Goes to Washington Gary Oldman Visits National Churchill Library

Gary Oldman, who plays Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, and the film’s director, Joe Wright, visited the National Churchill Library and Center on November 4. They were in Washington for a private screening for Members of Congress and others the night before. The visit was arranged by Focus Features, the distributor of the film, and follows on the heels of the screening and Q&A with Mr. Wright on the first night of the recent International Churchill Conference in New York.

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Churchill Conference Videos Lord Dobbs and Andrew Roberts Speak!

Two of the principal speeches delivered at this year’s thirty-fourth annual Churchill Conference are now available to view on C-SPAN. Lord Dobbs, author of the acclaimed House of Cards trilogy as well as a series of historical novels about Winston Churchill, delivered the Keynote Speech in the Grand Salon of the J. W. Marriot Essex House on October 11. Click here to view his speech.

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The Last Canvas Churchill’s Final Painting Goes Under the Hammer

For the last fifteen years of his life, Winston Churchill was protected by his bodyguard Sergeant Edmund Murray. One of Murray’s responsibilities was to serve as custodian of Churchill’s painting equipment and to set up these materials wherever they might be travelling. Yet Chartwell always remained Churchill’s favorite place to be and to paint. On the grounds, Churchill had no more preferred place to meditate than his beloved goldfish pool. One of his most famous paintings The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell was done at some point in the 1930s and became a treasured possession of his daughter Mary. Read More >

The Churchill for Major Sir John Major Receives 2017 Sir Winston Churchill Award

The Sir Winston Churchill Award 2017 was presented to The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH at a glittering award dinner held in London at 8 Northumberland Avenue, just off Trafalgar Square. Sir John, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1997, was accompanied by his Chief of Staff, Dame Arabella Warburton DBE.

The dinner is a celebration of the charitable work of The International Churchill Society (UK) and was attended by members of the Churchill family, the Trustees and Patrons of the Society and their guests, and by business leaders and their guests. The evening began with a Pol Roger champagne reception and was followed by dinner in the Ballroom. A particular highlight for diners was an exclusive video clip from the upcoming film Darkest Hour, which will be released in the UK early next year.

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Saddle Up New Book Looks at Churchill the Equestrian


Brough Scott, Churchill at the Gallop, Racing Post Books, 2017, 229 pages, $34.95/£17.99. ISBN 978–910497364

In my office hang a number of photographs of Winston Churchill with horses. My favorite is Churchill with a horse named Colonist II, a big grey racehorse that he bought in 1949. Churchill and Colonist II captured the heart of the public and led me to write of their exploits together. With an admiration for Churchill and a fondness for horses, it was with great anticipation that I looked forward to the release of Brough Scott’s Churchill at the Gallop. Scott, a well-known English jockey, broadcaster, journalist, and author, chronicles Churchill’s lifetime experiences with horses from his youth, serving in the military, and his intervening and senior years; a period stemming from Churchill’s early recollections in Ireland in 1879 to his final years from 1952–65. Read More >

Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: Big Three at Tehran Chairs


This set of chairs and its table were made as a souvenir of the 1943 Tehran Conference. Each chair measures six inches high, and the entire set is handmade with a definite folk art quality. The set would have been made in or near Tehran to sell as a souvenir. While other Tehran Conference souvenir items—particularly, locally made textiles—periodically enter the market, this set of chairs is very unique and the only one I have seen. Read More >

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