A FILM depicting the true story of a humanitarian who saved hundreds of Jewish children is coming to the Electric Palace later this month.

Stockbroker Sir Nicholas Winton saved the lives of around 669 Jewish children who were at risk of being killed in Nazi Europe.

After a brief visit to Czechoslovakia, Winton helped compile a list of children who required rescuing and worked to fulfil the legal requirements to bring these children to Britain.

In addition to this, he worked towards finding homes and sponsors for them in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport.

Winton’s story is depicted in a new film titled One Life, directed by James Hawes and starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as Winton.

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Venue - Electric PalaceVenue - Electric Palace (Image: PA)

It will be shown at the Electric Palace on Friday, January 26 at 7.30pm.

This will be followed by two showings at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on both Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28.

There will also be a showing at 2.30pm on Monday, January 29.

One Life had its world premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United Kingdom on New Years Day. 

The real Sir Nicholas Winton died in 2015, aged 106 and had been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in 2003.

His heroic efforts had been unrecognised and unnoticed until 1988, when Winton was reunited with dozens of the children he saved on the BBC consumer affairs programme That’s Life.

A sculpture commemorating thousands of children who arrived as part of the Kindertransport was unveiled in Harwich in September 2022.

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Memorial - Kindertransport sculptureMemorial - Kindertransport sculpture (Image: Maria Fowler)

Sue Daish, one of the directors of Harwich Kindertransport Learning Trust, said a Kindertransport exhibition will be held at the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre from January 23 to January 31, from 10am to 4pm.

"There will be a child-friendly centered exhibition to go around schools in East Anglia and London and we're also going to produce an educational book."

Mrs Daish invited anyone connected with the Kindertransport - whether descendants, a foster family or people who knew a foster family - to get in touch on kindertransport-memorial.org.