Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson

Film captures war’s flying ace

A film inspired by one of the legendary flying aces of the First World War screens in Nanaimo for Remembrance Day

A film inspired by one of the legendary flying aces of the First World War screens in Nanaimo for Remembrance Day.

Billy Bishop Goes to War is a feature film inspired by the life of the pilot from Owen Sound, Ont.

Canadian acting legend Eric Peterson and award-winning writer/composer John Gray reprise their iconic two-man stage play that has captivated audiences for more than three decades.

Nearing the end of his life, an aged Bishop, played by Peterson, recounts the triumphs and horrors of the First World War, or as it was referred to at the time, “the war to end all wars”.

Through raucous stories, haunting memories, and vibrant song, Bishop traces his journey from Royal Military College troublemaker to the top flying ace of the British Empire.

A story of the human cost of war on a scale the world had never seen before, this is an intimate and powerful portrait of a man who continues to capture the imagination.

Billy Bishop Goes to War screens at Avalon Cinema today (Thursday) and Friday (Nov. 11) at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets $6. Please call 250-390-5018.

For more information, please visit http://billybishopgoestowar.com.