Lindy Wilson”s documentary film FOR WHICH I AM PREPARED TO DIE was broadcast in April 2012 and January 2, 2013 by BBC-4, Storyville.
FOR WHICH I AM PREPARED TO DIE was recently nominated by History Makers Awards 2010 in New York.
Tells for the first time the true story of ‘Big X’, the man who master-minded The Great Escape of World War 2. Squadron-Leader Roger Bushell was a young London barrister, an auxiliary pilot and a champion skier when he was shot-down early on in the war. His dare-devil personality did not succumb to captivity and he escaped three times: once, to within 100 yards of the Swiss border, the second time to Prague, where he was hidden by the Czech Resistance for six months. He was then betrayed and, suspected of being a spy involved in the assassination of Nazi Protector Reinhard Heydrich, was severely interrogated by the Gestapo to Berlin. In spite of their threat to shoot him if he ever escaped again, Bushell immediately accepted the role of “Big X” on his return to Stalag Luft 111, a top-security German camp. He encouraged others never to give up the hope of freedom for which he was prepared to die. After 18 months of preparation, one of the greatest escapes of WW2 took place: 76 men tunneled under the wire without being detected. Their aim to distract the enemy succeeded as it was estimated that 5 million Germans were deployed to re-capture them. But Hitler’s rage was uncontainable. He personally ordered a terrible reckoning. Intense and gripping, the film is both a thriller and a tragedy.
LINDY WILSON is an independent, South African documentary film-maker whose FILMS have been broadcast locally and world-wide. Through her FILMS Lindy Wilson has chartered South Africa’s history under apartheid, its transition to democracy and has recorded its brave attempts to face the gross human rights atrocities of the past through the Truth & Reconciliation Commission.