Kenneth Branagh as Commander Bolton, a composite character based on real wartime participants, in Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk. Photo: Melissa Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Pictures

Dunkirk: how historically accurate is Christopher Nolan’s second world war battle film?

Some of the film’s characters are composites of real participants in the 1940 evacuation, while others are fictional; a French warship doubles for a British one, but is more real than a computer model would have been, director says

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Kenneth Branagh as Commander Bolton, a composite character based on real wartime participants, in Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk. Photo: Melissa Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Pictures
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