Dunkirk – rising to the challenge



‘Truly thrilling from first to last second’ is one of the early reviews of the movie Dunkirk which has just launched, starring Harry Styles, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.

It’s the story of the evacuation at Dunkirk in northern France in 1940 when 340,000 British, Belgian, French and Canadian troops, surrounded by the German army, were evacuated under fire to the UK in the few days after May 26 by a flotilla of hundreds of merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft, and lifeboats as well as destroyers. Winston Churchill called it ‘a miracle of deliverance’ in one of his most rousing oratorical performances in Westminster. “We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

At that point on the UK chart tr Mars and Venus in Cancer was conjunct the UK MC, giving rise to high enthusiasm; with a jolting tr Uranus square Saturn; and a relationship-undermining Solar Arc Neptune exactly on the UK Descendant.

Winston Churchill 30 Nov 1874 1.30am Woodstock, England, did have a colourful, ever-optimistic (despite his black dog depressions) Sun in Sagittarius in his communicative 3rd house. And an energy-and-enthusiasm-generating and patriotic Mars Jupiter in his 1st. His Solar Arc Saturn was exactly opposition his Mars at Dunkirk for a major setback and another shock from the approaching Solar Arc Sun opposition his Uranus. But his Solar Arc Uranus was moving to conjunct his Jupiter two years later as the tide of the war started to turn.

This movie is directed by Christopher Nolan, 30 July 1970 – the Dark Knight trilogy etc – whose movies have taken over $4 billion worldwide and earned 26 Oscar nominations and he is being talked about as a possible Bond director. He’s a Sun Mars in Leo sextile Uranus, so well designed for the entertainment business; with a creative Saturn in Taurus opposition Neptune square Mercury again in flamboyant Leo. He’s got a raft of good Jupiterian aspects this year – tr Uranus opposition his Jupiter in Libra, and tr Pluto trine Sun/Jupiter, Mars/Jupiter and square Jupiter/Uranus – so he’s on a roll.

Harry Styles, an unusual choice for lead, been given ‘great’ reviews for his performance. Born 1 Feb 1994, he’s Aquarius where Nolan is Leo. Styles has a Sun Mars, Venus and Mercury spread out; with his Sun Mars square Jupiter, giving him bountiful energy and confidence; plus a tough Pluto square Mercury Saturn.

Principal photography started on 23 May 2016 with an Earth Grand Trine of Jupiter Node trine Pluto trine Mercury, which certainly augurs well for a good box office.


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