Royal Marine turned trainee minister attends ‘Darkest Hour’ premiere 

Retired Royal Marine Commando Justin Montague last night attended the star-studded premiere of Darkest Hour at Leicester Square, London, at the invitation of Damaris Media. Justin, an Afghanistan veteran who retired from the Royal Marines after eleven years service in July 2016, has battled with injuries and other challenges during his time in the military – but he credits God with bringing him through.

Accompanied by his new wife Melissa – to whom he proposed on the day after his retirement – Justin is now studying theology, ministry and mission at Wycliffe Hall in preparation to become a minister.

Retired Royal Marines Lance Corporal Justin Montague sees echoes of his own story in Darkest Hour (in cinemas 12th January), which is inspired by the true story of Winston Churchill’s (BAFTA Award winner Gary Oldman) first weeks in office during the early days of the Second World War. With the support of his wife of 31 years, Clemmie (Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas), Churchill must stand firm and fight for his nation’s ideals, liberty and freedom.

Damaris Media and Baptists Together will be releasing a free Companion Booklet for church groups (of any denomination) who want to engage more deeply with this story. This will include discussion questions, a look behind the scenes of the film, and background on this fascinating slice of history.

‘We are always interested in highlighting timely and first class resources for our churches, and are delighted to be partnering with Damaris on Darkest Hour,’ says Stephen Keyworth, Faith and Society Team Leader for Baptists Together. ‘The film, drawn from the minutes of Churchill’s War Cabinet meetings, reveals the train of thought and response of a leader and his team under enormous pressure.

‘While this resource offers an opportunity to reflect on a decisive part of our history, it will also enable people to explore timeless themes in relation to their own unique situations.’

Emma, Damaris Media

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