This week’s question was suggested by reader danielm80:
What historical event deserves a film devoted to it? I’m thinking of events that haven’t yet been covered in film, but if you know of an unexplored angle on an event that’s been seen on screen, that will work as well.
As is the case with Daniel’s answer, one I fully agree with: the story of how the RMS Carpathians responded to the sinking of the Titanic (who also had a short film dedicated to him). The story is particularly well told by Resident Angry Queer on tumblr. It starts like this:
Carpathians has received Titanic‘s distress signal at 12:20 a.m., April 15, 1912. She was 58 miles away, a distance that absolutely could not be covered in less than four hours.
CarpathiansCaptain Rostron had, yes, rolled out of bed instantly when he was woken up by his radio operator, ordered his ship to Titanic‘s help and confirmed the signal before he was completely dressed. The man had never in his life answered an emergency call. His goal tonight was to make sure no one who heard this fact would ever believe him.
Go read on… and prepare Kleenex. And then imagine it as a movie. It would be a very different kind of movie, because there’s no clear villain except for a ticking clock, and that can be hard to dramatize. But it might work, if the way everyone reading this synopsis responds is any indication.