Other people in this association: Winston Churchill wrote to Hong Kong’s governor: 'There must be no thought of surrender. For Mark Rylance, the opportunity to track down the truth about his late grandfather’s wartime life seemed a way to get closer to the memory of a … “Japan had been allies in the first world war, after all,” said Rylance, “and my own grandfather had lived there, in Kobe, for six years earlier, sending his family down to Australia while he worked in Hong Kong.”. It was a ritual for him every morning and evening, to walk up to the orchard.”, Actor Mark Rylance (right) as a young boy with his grandfather Osmond Skinner and his younger brother Jonathan, MR: “When he was a prisoner it must have seemed very unlikely he would ever see England again, much less his family, so the orchard was a special place for him. Holding art to high moral standards can be difficult, Rylance said, but red lines should be drawn by each actor. Mark Rylance travels to Hong Kong for the four-part programme My Grandparents' War marking the 80th anniversary of the Second World War's outbreak. Mr Rylance, 59, says his travels to the Japanese capital has widened the gap between him and his grandfather Osmond Skinner. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Actor Mark Rylance travels to Hong Kong in the second part of C4's My Grandparents' War and discovers how his grandfather Osmund survived life as a … He was held as a POW by the Japanese for nearly 4 years during World War Two, MR: “We discover he must have been referring to the St Stephen’s College Massacre where Japanese soldiers burst into the wards and bayoneted and mutilated British and Canadian soldiers who were lying wounded in their beds. “I understand his feelings about the Japanese better now, although I can’t agree with them.”. He would become very quiet and look distressed, and then say: ‘I am sorry about this, old chap. Mark’s maternal grandfather was Osmond Skinner (the son of Alfred Skinner and Edith “Cissie” Lack). He died in 1980 and I miss him terribly. He then signed up to a volunteer regiment at 42 to defend British-controlled territory against the Japanese. Play it now. His stepdaughter is actress Juliet Rylance. 2006. “I am very pleased they are not now linking either their excellent work, or the name of Shakespeare, with those companies. Painting a largely bleak picture of Skinner’s prison camp days, the programme-makers unearth one secret of a much happier kind: Rylance learns that his grandfather also loved acting and took part in several amateur productions as a PoW. “I knew him very well, but there was a lot I hadn’t heard about, though I’d suspected some of it,” the Oscar-winning star of Dunkirk and Bridge of Spies told the Observer before the broadcast of a television documentary that will follow his journey of discovery. Sir David Mark Rylance Waters (born 18 January 1960) is an English actor, theatre director, and playwright. 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Warfare is horrific, if we care about what happened to our ancestors we have to work towards a world where that suffering doesn’t occur.”, My Grandparents’ War: Mark Rylance is on Wednesday 4th December, C4, Ghost from the past leaves Belle’s life in danger in tonight’s Emmerdale, New EastEnders trailer reveals KIDNAP horror heading for the Mitchells, Roadkill pulls in big audience as fans hooked by Hugh Laurie thriller, EastEnders spoilers: Phil Mitchell gets Callum Highway on board. I feel an absolute failure because I can't forgive them.'. “He must have taken it seriously too, because there was a line someone had noted down about ‘Skinner coming to blows’ in one production. He was reported missing in action, and it was assumed he had been killed but he was actually taken prisoner of war. 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