Channel 4 Dispatches takes TV viewers to the front lines in Ukraine in a short film based on Conservative MP Johnny Mercer’s recent visit to the war-torn country.
The former Veterans Affairs Minister and British Army officer said last week he recently traveled to the capital Kyiv and other cities at the invitation of Ukrainian MPs.
The 30-minute film will chronicle his time in the country as he met those who stayed to resist the Russian invasion, including some who have already been injured.
Mercer said, “I want this film to convey the amazing resilience and bravery of the people we met in Kyiv.
“I hope it will help my colleagues and the British public to make the right decisions about how we can all help Ukraine get through this conflict which is our generation’s just fight.”
The Plymouth Moor View MP was joined on the week-long trip to Ukraine by TV explorer Levison Wood and director Neil Bonner.
They followed Mercer on his journey from Kraków to Lviv and on to the battlefield in Kyiv so that he could witness the realities of war and offer support to his Ukrainian colleagues.
After the mass evacuation of women and children, they met those who stayed behind and wanted to resist, including some who were already seriously injured in the fighting.
Earlier this week, I was in and around Irpin, Bucha and Kyiv at the invitation of local MPs, visiting wounded Ukrainian veterans, local MPs fighting to save their country, and families decimated by Putin’s indiscriminate military. total carnage; incredible human spirit 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/ewieWeg2y9
— Johnny Mercer (@JohnnyMercerUK) March 18, 2022
Channel 4 hired BriteSpark Films to create the film in partnership with Wood’s production company Blackmane Media.
Tom Porter, program director at BriteSpark Films, said: “It is a privilege to work with Johnny and Lev on this film.
“Your material, collected under extraordinary circumstances, sheds a totally unique perspective on the plight of the Ukrainian people.”
The film is directed by Erica Jenkin and Bonner, with Wood and Porter serving as executive producers for Blackmane and BriteSpark, respectively.
Louisa Compton, Head of News and Current Affairs and Specialist Factual and Sport, added: “In this film, Johnny Mercer brings us to the front lines of the biggest story of the moment.
“The on-the-spot reporting will be invaluable, both in showing British viewers the reality of the lives of the Ukrainian people and in documenting the damage done to civilians by Putin’s war.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/film-documents-tory-mp-johnny-mercers-visit-to-ukraine-41475897.html The film documents Tory MP Johnny Mercer’s visit to Ukraine