The Boys from The Bridge: The Story of Attenborough’s Private Army

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  • Author Name: Sebastian Abineri
  • Publication Date: 28/06/2017
  • Format: Paperback

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In 1975 the 20 year old Actor Sebastian Abineri having recently appeared in a BBC Play for Today portraying a Farm Labourer actually found himself three months later working as a Farm Labourer on a Suffolk farm whilst he waited for his next acting job!

He was in the middle of feeding the cattle when the Farmer told him that his agent was on the telephone.

Sebastian learned that he’d been invited by the renowned Casting Director Miriam Brickman to audition for a newly formed repertory company in the West End to be called the Lyric Theatre Company directed by the legendary Theatre and Film Director Lindsay Anderson.

Sebastian put down his pitchfork and hared down to London to meet him.

He was offered the job and spent nine months with the company where he worked with not only Lindsay Anderson but also Helen Mirren, Joan Plowright and Ben Travers the author of the famous ‘farces’.

Miriam Brickman then cast him in the epic War Film “A Bridge Too Far” and he joined “Attenborough’s Private Army” (APA) where with 50 other young actors he underwent two weeks of military training under the eagle eye of a former Director of the SAS to represent the gallant band of Paratroopers who heroically held Arnhem Bridge against insurmountable odds during the terrible battle in 1944.

Sebastian recounts in this story the extraordinary happenings which occurred during the making of the Film which included stars like Anthony Hopkins, Sir Laurence Olivier, Sean Connery and many others.

Sebastian also had the privilege of meeting several veterans of Arnhem who gave him little known information about the Battle which meant that it could have been a victory instead of a defeat and ended the War by Christmas 1944.

2 reviews for The Boys from The Bridge: The Story of Attenborough’s Private Army

  1. Phillip Law (verified owner)

    I cannot recommend “The Boys From The Bridge” highly enough. As well as giving a fascinating insight into the making of one of the most famous second world war films ever made, it is also one of the funniest books I have ever read. The episode in which Sebastian Abineri recounts the scene in a West End play of him playing the very small part of a cabbie receiving a very small tip from Joan Plowright, literally had me crying with laughter. It is one of the funniest theatre stories I have ever read!

  2. Adam Scott (verified owner)

    Everyone should read “The Boys From The Bridge” I can’t stress enough how good a read this book is, it’s an insight into behind the scenes goings on during filming of “A Bridge to Far” but it starts in London with an hilariously funny audition for a play. The story then moves on to the joining of the “APA”(Attenboroughs private army) Sebastian Abineri recounts the story’s of what happened during and after filming. Again I can’t recommend this book enough.

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