Sunday, May 15th 2011 - 09:28 UTC

Film “Destroyer” will re-edit the sinking of HMS Coventry in the Falklands war

The sinking of HMS Coventry in the Falklands War is to be made into a full-length cinema film to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the tragedy, reports the Portsmouth and Coventry press.

The script is based on Captain David Hart Dyke book ‘Four Weeksin May’

Nineteen men lost their lives when the Portsmouth-based destroyer was attacked by Argentine aircraft on May 25, 1982.

Director Tom Shankland has started work to make a film called “Destroyer” about the warship. The movie will be based on the memoirs of Coventry’s captain in the Falklands, Captain David Hart Dyke, who published his book ‘Four Weeks in May’ in May in 2007.

Captain Hart Dyke, of Hambledon, said: ‘It’s at an early stage of development. It’s hoped they can start filming next year but it is early days.

‘It’s based on the book, which is a personal story that has caught people’s imaginations and has been very widely read and commented on. I still get letters today about it from people, so that must be the reason it’s been picked up by a film-maker.’

Captain Hart Dyke, a former Commander of the Royal Yacht Britannia, added: ‘I would be delighted if it comes off but I’m strictly neutral about the whole thing. It’s just one account from one ship.

“There were 40 ships altogether in the Falklands all doing wonderful things but it seems my story is the one that has been picked up”.

The movie is being made by Warp. Films, is the firm behind Chris Morris’ Bafta award-winning Four Lions which was released in 2009.

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

Warp Films said it will consult veterans from HMS Coventry to make sure the film is accurate.

Robin Gutch, who is producing ‘Destroyer’, said: ‘The project is developing, with the intention of shooting next year. We chose to base it on the book by David Hart Dyke as it is a very strong but concise story about the mission of one ship at the Falklands.

“We want to retell the story from the eyes of one captain at the Falklands”.

In related news it was reported that a cross of nails recovered from the wreck of HMS Coventry is to take pride of place in the Royal Navy’s newest warship. The poignant symbol will hang outside the captain’s cabin on HMS Diamond, a £1bn destroyer affiliated to the city of Coventry.

It was presented by Capt David Hart-Dyke, Coventry’s commanding officer during the Falklands War, at Diamond’s ‘Christening’ ceremony in Portsmouth.

He said: “It’s a big moment for Diamond. If they ever find themselves in a difficult fighting situation in the future they will always be aware of their predecessors and the story of HMS Coventry.

“It’s a strong link to have. It’s about tradition and keeping up the standards we are very proud of in the navy.”

The cross was made from the remains of Coventry Cathedral and sank with HMS Coventry off the Falkland Islands in May, 1982, with the loss of 19 men.

It was retrieved by divers and sailed with the replacement HMS Coventry from 1986 to 2003, when it was taken back by the cathedral.

Diamond is the third of six new Type 45 destroyers, billed as the most advanced warships in the world.


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1 zethe (#) May 15th, 2011 - 08:53 pm Report abuse
“Four lions” Loved that film, Brilliant.
2 briton (#) May 15th, 2011 - 09:58 pm Report abuse
Well if they tell the truth, the whole world will see who the bad guys are,
but knowing argentina they will claim an insult and, try to ban it in argentina,
3 Redhoyt (#) May 16th, 2011 - 02:15 am Report abuse
They'll be moaning that we are using this for propoganda purposes next !
4 Artillero601 (#) May 16th, 2011 - 01:38 pm Report abuse
Is there a real need to make this movie? or they are running out of ideas? JMO
5 Britishbulldog (#) May 17th, 2011 - 09:22 pm Report abuse
briton (#)-------Who cares what they do.
6 Marcos Alejandro (#) May 17th, 2011 - 11:16 pm Report abuse
They already made a documentary about it, do we need a movie?

Sea of Fire
7 zethe (#) May 18th, 2011 - 09:18 am Report abuse
Don't “Need” it, i guess the company thinks they can make sprofit from making a cinema release, They've done quite well so far.
8 Redhoyt (#) May 21st, 2011 - 05:04 am Report abuse
Talking of propoganda - brainwash anyone ??
9 Rhaurie-Craughwell (#) May 21st, 2011 - 09:26 am Report abuse
I wonder if the islanders were consulted in order for a balanced teaching perspective to be achieved?
10 Wireless (#) May 22nd, 2011 - 11:48 pm Report abuse
Balanced? With that list of 'experts' attending? They think we're joking when we tell them they are indoctrinated from birth, yet I couldn't see a set of UK or Falklander students of the same age group sitting and participating through something like that, even if it were as biased as presentation as this appears to be, but totally in favour of the British perspective.

UK and Falklander students would all either get up and leave or start arguing with the experts that the presentation was so one-sided, and laced with nationalistic political propaganda, that the whole thing was a waste of their precious study time.

Because these Argentine students ARE indoctrinated from birth, these so called 'experts' are quite confident in peddling the Big Lie, and if it is a success, it just proves that the indoctrination process is working.
11 123... (#) May 24th, 2011 - 09:27 pm Report abuse
I would just like to say that i believe that this film is important, my dad was the officer on watch on the bridge of HMS Coventry when she was sunk. not only because of that do i think that this film should be made but also for all the people who lost their lives there.. so i would appreciate it if you would kindly pipe down because you no nothing!!

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