The Great Escaper, released today (6 October 2023, is based on the true story from the summer of 2014, where World War II veteran Bernard ‘Bernie’ Jordan sneaks out of his care home to attend the 70th anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landings in Normandy.
There were clear undertones of PTSD from several of the characters, as well as clear indicators of Moral Injury (https://combatstress.org.uk/about-us/news/guide-to-moral-injury), and we were impressed with how accurately this was portrayed.
Our Medical Director, Professor Catherine Kinane, provides her thoughts on the film:
The Great Escaper contains depictions of combat and talk of traumatic events which some people may find upsetting, as well as themes of PTSD and other mental health problems. We encourage anyone affected by the film to please call our 24-hour helpline (0800 138 1619) for confidential advice and support.