The Invincible Sergeant Bill
Saturday May 28, 2016 – 9:25AM – BMO Sports Lounge
- The Invincible Sergeant Bill is quirky romantic comedy combining a slice of Saskatchewan history with a touch of young love, and just a bit of magic.
Sergeant Bill is Canada’s oldest mascot, gifted to the Fifth Battalion, Second Brigade, First Canadian Division (the Fighting Fifth) by a young girl from Broadview, Saskatchewan in 1914. During his time serving with the Canadian soldiers in France during WWI, Sergeant Bill was wounded, gassed, and he saved the lives of three men by head butting them into a trench moments before a shell landed.
The short film, The Invincible Sergeant Bill, is a fantastical story of Sergeant Bill many decades after the war. History repeats itself as Sgt Bill once again saves a young man’s life simply by being in the right place at the right time, and giving him a bit of a push.
The movie opens on Cameron in his darkest hour, contemplating suicide. Then the doorbell rings and Cameron stops to answer the door, where he finds a stuffed and mounted Sergeant Bill, a gift from his late grandfather who was one of the soldiers saved by Sergeant Bill in the war. Sergeant Bill’s presence mysteriously pulls Cameron on a journey where he meets a girl …loses the girl….loses Sergeant Bill… finds him… wins the girl back… and finally reunites the Sergeant with an old comrade, one of the other soldiers he saved – the girl’s grandfather.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War, so there couldn’t be a better time to share this piece of Saskatchewan history, in a way that is so easily accessible to a broad audience.
- Saxon de Cocq
- Wally Start, Bob Crowe
- Saxon de Cocq
- Production Company
- Angel Entertainment, Bamboo Shoots