Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Film to tell Falklands ship story

Robert De Niro is heading the Cannes film festival jury

The story of a British ship sunk during the Falklands War is to be made into a film, it's been announced in Cannes.

As the film festival - where the jury is judged by Robert De Niro - got underway, it has emerged that Destroyer, about the sinking of HMS Coventry, will be based on a book by its commanding officer, David Hart Dyke.

The ship sank on May 25 1982 with the loss of 19 lives after it was attacked by Argentinian planes.

Mr Hart Dyke, a former Commander of the Royal Yacht Britannia, published his memoir called Four Days In May in 2007.

The same year, he told a BBC documentary he was aware of the risks when he was ordered to lure enemy bombers away from British troops on the mainland.

He said: "I realised why we were doing it. If necessary, we were the sacrifice rather than other ships which were more important. And that's war. You've got to take risks to win."

The film will be written and directed by Tom Shankland, who made horror film The Children in 2009.

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