Billy Bishop Goes to War

Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete
Written by Eric Peterson and John Gray
Starring Eric Peterson and John Gray
Runtime 86 mins
Year 2010
Produced by Strada Films, in association with Rhombus Media
Distributed by Union Pictures (Canada)
Awards Official Selection TIFF 2010


BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR is a feature film inspired by the life of the legendary WWI flying ace from Owen Sound. Canadian acting legend Eric Peterson and award-winning writer/composer John Gray reprise their iconic two-man stage play that has captivated audiences for over three decades.

Nearing the end of his life, an aged Bishop (Peterson) recounts the triumphs and horrors of World War One, “the war to end all wars”. Through raucous stories, haunting memories, and vibrant song, Bishop traces his journey from Royal Military College troublemaker to the top flying ace of the British Empire.

A story of the human cost of war on a scale the world had never seen before, this is an intimate and powerful portrait of a man who continues to capture the imagination.