Sam Mendes

Director Sam Mendes gives instructions to two of his actors.

Acclaimed British-born director Sam Mendes is making a World War I film about his Trinidadian grandfather Albert H Mendes.

Titled 1917, the film is the incredible real-life story of Albert who, at age 20, risked death from snipers, machine guns and shells to run messages for two days through the mud-filled craters near Ypres, in Belgium during the war. Mendes, 54, says 1917 is inspired by stories told to him as a child by his grandfather, who won the Military Medal for bravery during World War I.

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