June 6, 2019, marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day, the day (June 6, 1944) in the Second World War when Allied forces invaded northern France. In commemoration, the Center offers a special screening of Overlord (1975; not rated, 83 minutes). Directed by Stuart Cooper, this award-winning film fuses together archival war footage with a fictional narrative to tell the story of a young man’s experience, from basic training to D-Day, bringing to life all the terrors and isolation of war with remarkable authenticity.
Eileen Hogan’s sympathetic portrait of the ninety-year-old British veteran Robert Antony Leake (2015)—on display on the Center’s second floor in the exhibition focused on her work—was commissioned by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Leake had been a private with the Eighth Battalion Parachute Regiment and took part in the mass parachute drop behind enemy lines on D-Day to help blow up bridges and set offensive positions in Normandy.