A film, to be made in New Zealand and starring ‘an international cast’, is to feature the life and work of pioneering plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe.

Called The Guinea Pig Club it will be directed by Roger Donaldson with a script based on extensive interviews with surviving members of ‘the world’s most exclusive Club’ – McIndoe’s former patients whose faces, and lives, were restored by the charismatic surgeon.

The movie has been eight years in the planning, but with casting currently in progress, filming is expected to start later this year.

Photo top: the statue of Sir Archibald on Remembrance Sunday last November