The Dig


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Jan 22 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Jan 23 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Jan 24 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Jan 25 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Jan 27 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Jan 28 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2021
Run Time:112 minutes
Production Country:United Kingdom
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Simon Stone
Cast:Ralph Fiennes
Carey Mulligan
Lily James
Johnny Flynn


“The Dig” is a ravishing World War II period piece, based on a true story, starring Ralph Fiennes, Carry Mulligan, Lily James and Johnny Flynn, among others.

As World War II looms, a wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain’s past are illuminated in the face of its uncertain future.

“The Dig” is based on a book by John Preston, published in 2007 and set in the context of the 1939 Anglo-Saxon ship burial excavation at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England.

In the long, hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war, but on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind. Mrs. Pretty (Mulligan), the widowed owner of the farm, has had her hunch confirmed that the mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find.

This fictional recreation of the famed Sutton Hoo dig follows three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure. As the war looms ever closer, engraved gold peeks through the soil, and each character searches for answers in the buried treasure. Their threads of love, loss, and aspiration weave a common awareness of the past as something that can never truly be left behind.