First Look: Pressure
First Look: Pressure
22 February 2018
'How could the weather ever be boring? It defines us, it feeds us, it keeps us alive, it can destroy us.' Take a look at production shots for Pressure. Photos by Robert Day.
"We are faced with 4, soon to be 5, storms in the Atlantic of unprecedented intensity for the time of the year. Although... there exists the seductive notion that this ridge of high pressure over the Azores could deflect the storms, the Allied Meteorological Unit does not believe this is likely."
James Stagg (David Haig) presents the Allied forces weather forecast for D-Day to General Eisenhower, Admiral Ramsay (Michael Mackenzie), Air Chief Marshal Leigh-Mallory Commander-in-chief Allied Expeditionary Air Force, and General Spaatz (Mark Jax), Commander United States Air Force in Europe.
"We’ve got one chance Dr. Stagg. One chance only to get this right. "
General Eisenhower (Malcolm Sinclair) demands answers from James Stagg about his stormy forecast which is opposite to that of American weatherman Colonel Krick (Left: Philip Cairns).
"Paris! Imagine us in Paris."
General Eisenhower (played by Malcolm Sinclair) and Kay Summersby (Laura Rogers) imagine what could be if the D-Day landings are successful.
"You’ve gotta be kidding? You have got to be kidding. God-damnit! Look at the high pressure from the Azores, it’s already here!"
Colonel Krick (Philip Cairns) and James Stagg (David Haig) continue to disagree despite new weather reports.
"But you don’t believe Colonel Krick’s theory, do you?"
Kay Summersby (Laura Rogers) sees integrity in James Stagg (David Haig) and his beliefs.
"...I can’t offer you certainty. I have always said that long term forecasting is a gamble."
James Stagg (David Haig) cannot guarantee his forecast will happen.
"L7 has hardly moved! 978. Look at the previous chart: 982! It’s hardly moved at all...wait a minute... wait-a-minute! Andrew, I’ll need the geostrophic in the warm sector."
Hamilton (Robert Heard), Andrew (Bert Seymour) and James Stagg (David Haig) record the latest weather reports.
"You know, weathermen are traditionally a bit boring."
Kay Summersby (Laura Rogers) and James Stagg (David Haig) share a joke.
"How could the weather ever be boring? It defines us, it feeds us, it keeps us alive, it can destroy us."
James Stagg (David Haig) looks on outside Southwick House.