Sebastian Abineri

Sebastian Abineri

Offers an evening recounting the amusing and amazing happenings which occurred during the making of one of the greatest War Films of all time “A Bridge Too Far”
At the age of 20, Sebastian Abineri has earned his first BBC role in a Play for Today, portraying a Farm Labourer. Three months later, he has found hilmself working as a Farm Labourer on a Suffolk farm whilst he waited for his next acting job.

Sebastian was auditioned by the renowned Casting Director Miriam Brickman for a newly formed repertory company in the West End. The venture is known today as the Lyric Theatre Company directed by the legendary Theatre and Film Director Lindsay Anderson.

He was offered the job and spent nine months with the company where he worked with not only Lindsay Anderson but also Helen Mirren, Joan Plowright and Ben Travers author of the famous 'Farces'.

Miriam Brickman then cast him in the epic War Film A Bridge Too Far and he joined Attenboroughs Private Army (APA) where with 50 other young actors he underwent two weeks of military training under the eagle eye of a former Director of the SAS to represent the gallant band of Paratroopers who heroically held Arnhem Bridge against insurmountable odds during the terrible battle in 1944.

Sebastian recounts the extraordinary happenings which occurred during the making of the Film which included stars like Anthony Hopkins, Sir Laurence Olivier, Sean Connery and many others. Sebastian also had the privilege of meeting several veterans of Arnhem who gave him little known information about the Battle which meant that it could have been a victory instead of a defeat and ended the War by Christmas 1944.

Sebastian has been an Actor for over 40 years and has appeared many times in Film TV and Theatre. He is perhaps best remembered for his performance as 'Dick the Groom' in the Yorkshire TV series Flambards.

Sebastian is available for "After Dinner Speaking" engagements where he will relate the amazing and amusing events that happened during the making of the classic War Film "A Bridge Too Far" and will carry out a Q&A session about the making of the film and sign copies of his recently published book "The Boys from The Bridge".
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