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Britannic

DVD art for Britannic
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Produced by Paul Colichman
Starring Edward Atterton
Amanda Ryan
Jacqueline Bisset
Ben Daniels
John Rhys-Davies
Bruce Payne
Release date(s) June 20, 2000
Running time 93 min.
Country  United States/
 United Kingdom
Language English/German

Britannic is a romantic drama film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. It stars Edward Atterton and Amanda Ryan as star-crossed lovers on the forgotten sister ship of the RMS Titanic, the HMHS Britannic. The film's co-stars include Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Daniels, John Rhys-Davies and Bruce Payne.

Plot summary

The film opens in Southampton in 1916, where the Britannic has been refitted as a hospital ship for wounded soldiers fighting on the Western Front and elsewhere. Among the nurses who are to serve aboard her is Lady Lewis (Jacqueline Bisset), who is being delivered to Greece via Naples, where her husband has become Ambassador for Great Britain. Travelling with her is Vera Campbell (Amanda Ryan), an operative of British Intelligence posing as Lady Lewis' governesss. Campbell is constantly unnerved by the voyage, having survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic four years previously.

Bruce Payne as Dr Baker

Meanwhile, a German spy has boarded the Britannic posing as the ship's chaplain, Chaplain Reynolds (Edward Atterton), and soon discovers that the Britannic is indeed carrying small arms as was believed - although he is unaware that Captain Bartlett (John Rhys-Davies) has placed the small arms aboard as a means of protection against mutiny. Under the articles of war, Reynolds considers his actions against the Britannic to be legal (any attack on a hospital ship in wartime is considered to be a war crime) and sets about initiating a series of sabotage attempts to try and either take over the Britannic or otherwise sink her, including allying himself with the Irish stokers, all members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, to mutiny and take over the ship.

Over the course of the film, each sabotage attempt is foiled by Vera Campbell - with the eventual co-operation of the ship's crew. Unaware that Campbell is responsible, Reynolds finds himself growing attracted to Campbell whilst the voyage continues. However, Campbell soon discovers Reynolds' true identity, and finds herself trapped on the Britannic as she slowly sinks.

Comparisson to historic events

  • The Britannic sank at 9:07 am rather than early sunrise.
  • The only passengers aboard the Britannic were medical personnel and wounded soldiers. It carried no civilian passengers in any capacity.
  • An Irish sailor claims to be against the crew as a result of the attacks of the Black and Tans. The Black and Tans would not be formed until 1919, three years after the sinking of the Britannic.
  • In the film, the explosion happens on the port side. In reality, it happened on the starboard side.

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