The Dig is a 2021 drama film directed by Simon Stone, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by John Preston, which reimagines the events of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo. It stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Archie Barnes, and Monica Dolan.
As WWII looms, a wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain’s past resonate in the face of its uncertain future?.
It was released in a limited release on 15 January 2021, followed by streaming on Netflix on 29 January 2021.
It was released in a limited release on 15 January 2021. Netflix will stream the film starting 29 January 2021.
What’s the plot?
Set in the summer of 1939, as he world teetered on the brink of war, The Dig follows self-taught archaeologist Basil Brown as he excavates an ancient mound on the Suffolk estate of aristocratic widow, Edith Pretty.
The pair are overjoyed when Basil unearths a 7th century burial ship, thought to be the grave of King Raedwald of East Anglia. Yet news of their find soon led to scholars from The British Museum, led by Charles Phillips, trying to take over the site.
Director: Simon Stone
Producer(s): Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Ellie Wood, Gabrielle Tana, Murray Ferguson
Cast: Carey Mulligan,
Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Monica Dolan, Joe Hurst
Writer(s): Moira Buffini
Official Site: netflix.com/title/81167887