Director Sam Mendes discusses 1917

Director Sam Mendes discusses 1917

December 17, 2019 DGA Q&As in Los Angeles and New York

Two young British soldiers undertake a perilous mission to save hundreds of their compatriots in Director Sam Mendes’ historical drama, 1917.

Set at the height of the WWI, Mendes’ film tells the story of two soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), who are given a seemingly impossible mission of crossing enemy territory to deliver a message that will stop a stop 1,600 men, including Blake's own brother, from walking straight into a deadly trap

Following the DGA membership screening in Los Angeles on December 14, Mendes sat down with Director Edward Zwick (Trial by Fire) to discuss the making of 1917. He also discussed the film in a conversation moderated by Director Ethan Hawke (Blaze) following the DGA membership screening in New York on December 15.

In addition to 1917, Mendes’ credits include the feature films Spectre, Skyfall, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, and Away We Go. In 2000, he won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for American Beauty. Mendes has been a DGA member since 1998.

You can listen to Mendes' Q&A by clicking the podcast episode embedded below. You can find more DGA podcast episodes here.


Event photos by Trixie Textor (Los Angeles) and Marcie Revens (New York) — Print courtesy of Universal Pictures.

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