The Q&A, chaired by Adrian Wootton, is embedded below. The sound quality is not ideal and you may need to turn down the volume for our questions as we were sitting rather close to the mike. However, it does make for fascinating listening to hear these talented men speak with such heart about their commitment to the project. The Pacific was filmed in its entirety in Australia and series producer Tony, also one of its six directors, was present for the whole ten month shoot. Remi was one of the show’s two cinematographers, alongside Stephen F Windon, and also spent months overseas. Both men spoke with passion and conviction about the project and their respect for the true stories they were entrusted with telling was evident throughout.
Having watched episodes one and two and enjoyed the Q&A we were then granted an exclusive glimpse of an action filled airfield scene from a later episode on which both men had collaborated. It was a breathtaking spectacle, made more dramatic by the knowledge that everything we saw had been experienced by the actors – there was no CGI here.
We also spoke with Sky’s Programme Information Editor Chris Prince who gave us an exclusive insight into what viewers can expect from the later episodes. Because The Pacific might initially appear a more acquired taste than Band of Brothers we were keen to know how the story would develop. Chris was able to assure us that, as impressive as the action in episodes one and two may be, the human stories become equally compelling. He particularly lauded the tipping point the series reaches after a period of R&R in episode three: as malaise sets in the tone alters dramatically and Leckie and his brothers in arms are hurled headlong into a hellish conflict Chris described as “relentless stuff you’ve never seen on screen before!”
When The Pacific begins on Sky Movies Premiere tonight HeyUGuys urge you to unplug the phone and take time out to discover the remarkable story of the 1st Marine Division for yourselves.
[gplayer href=”https://www.heyuguys.com/audio/pacific/tony_to_pacific.mp3″] A Q&A with Tony To [/gplayer]