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'1917' War Epic Takes Home Seven BAFTAs

The First World War film dominated the BAFTA awards ceremony.

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First World War epic '1917' won seven BAFTA awards at Sunday's ceremony in London.

Sir Sam Mendes’s film which is based on a story told to him by his grandfather, won seven of the nine prizes it was nominated for, including best film, outstanding British film, best director and best cinematography.

He is the first British winner of the best director category since Danny Boyle won in 2009 for his film 'Slumdog Millionaire'.

WATCH: '1917' director Sir Sam Mendes speaks to Forces News about his film.

'1917' was the winner in the following categories:

  • Best Film
  • Best British Film
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Special Visual Effects
  • Best Sound
  • Best Direction
  • Best Product Design

The film was also nominated in the Best Film Music and Best Makeup and Hair categories.

'1917' has proved to be a success both critically and commercially, taking over $207m (£148m) worldwide to date, striking a chord with audiences.

The film was shot on Salisbury Plain last year and follows two soldiers sent on a dangerous journey through enemy territory to deliver a vital message in a bid to save 1,600 soldiers.

The director wanted the film to show what these men went through, the sacrifices and the sense of believing in something greater than themselves.

For the first time in his career, Sir Sam Mendes co-wrote the screenplay for the movie alongside Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

The two lead actors George Mackay and Dean-Charles Chapman underwent five months of military training before shooting for the film began.

This included exercising in full First World War uniforms.

WATCH: Meet the military advisor of '1917'.

Cover image: A still from the film (Picture: EOne).