Young Winston is a 1972 biographical drama directed by David Attenborough and based on Winston Churchill's memoir entitled My Early Life: A Roving Commission. The film tells the story of the early life of Winston Churchill (Simon Ward). As a child, Churchill is shown as being rather discontent and unhappy with his experiences in school. A glimpse into his early home life is provided in scenes with his parents, Lord Randolph Churchill (Robert Shaw) and Lady Jennie Churchill (Anne Bancroft). After the death of his father, the film moves forward to Churchill's military career and follows his campaigns in India and the Sudan. Later, he turns in his sword for a pen and serves as a war correspondent during the Second Boer War, where he is captured by enemy soldiers. After a daring escape from behind enemy lines, the 26 year-old Churchill returns to England and pursues a new avenue for serving his country by running for Parliament.