8:00 PM, 23rd October, 2003
This is the sixth film version of A.E.W. Mason's 1902 novel The Four Feathers. The latest version stars Heath Ledger as a British officer's son who has enrolled in the military largely out of a sense of familial obligation. Torn by his love for Ethne (Hudson) and questioning the value of dying for the Queen, Harry resigns his commission on the eve of his regiment's posting to Sudan. Surprised by his 'weakness', his three best friends express their scorn by each sending him the traditional white feather insult - a symbol of cowardice - and soon his fiance adds a fourth. Disowned even by his father, Harry undertakes a perilous journey of redemption in the Sudan. Once there, he meets up with mercenary Abou Fatma (Hounsou), who takes him under his wing. Hiding in Arab clothes, Harry gets behind enemy lines but his efforts to warn his regiment of impending disaster are foiled by his army friends' arrogance. In the bloody battle that follows, Harry gets to redeem his honour, but at a great price.
With breathtaking scenery, complete with sweeping and rousing desert battle sequences that often bring to mind Lawrence of Arabia, this is a film that is spectacular on the big screen. This is one not to be missed