The Dig, based on John Preston’s 2007 novel of the same name, is Netflix’s latest historical drama. The film chronicles the excavation’s start until the outbreak of World War II and stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Finnes, Lily James, and Johnny Flynn. Rory Lomax is a photographer and RAF pilot who steals Peggy Pigott’s heart but who was Rory Lomax and what part did he play in the real Sutton Hoo dig?
The author’s note in Preston states, “Certain elements have been altered for dramatic effect.” One of these modifications was the introduction of Lomax, who is the only fictitious character in the narrative. After Edith Pretty (played by Mulligan) rejects local archaeologist James Reid Moir as an imagined cousin, Lomax enters the excavation as a consequence.
Who Was Rory Lomax, Johnny Flynn’s Character In The Dig?
Lomax plays the role of both the historical photographers at the site (Mercie Lack and Barbara Wagstaff) as well as a symbol of the thousands of British servicemen preparing to go to war in the summer of 1939.“My character is a vehicle through which you may travel: ‘Oh my God, he’s this young, emblematic figure, a representation of those about to go to war,’” actor Johnny Flynn said in Variety.
“And in my research, I was also reading a lot about young pilots’ experiences of going off to fight in the Battle of Britain, and you learned that nearly all of them died within the first six months of the war,” Flynn adds.
Rory also plays a significant role in The Dig’s subplot, which follows a love affair between him and archaeologist Peggy Piggott (Lily James). Stuart Piggott was unhappily married to Peggy. However, their marriage and divorce timeline are altered slightly in the film, according to Radio Times: “I believe [writer Moira Buffini and director Paul King] made this fantastic device with Rory as someone who allows you to see Peggy,” Flynn told Decider. You get to see Lily James’ character through his eyes, and you discover she isn’t happy in her relationship.”
While Rory is a fictitious character in The Dig’s depiction of Sutton Hoo, he serves as a reminder of the freedom that existed in Great Britain during the summer of 1939, and the lives that would be lost over time.
Rory Lomax in The Dig
In The Dig, Rory Lomax, portrayed by British actor Johnny Flynn, becomes romantically involved with Peggy Piggott. Peggy Piggott was an actual archaeologist who was born in Kent, England, on August 5, 1912. She died at the age of 82 on September 8, 1994. In The Dig, Rory Lomax is Edith Pretty’s cousin. He is a Royal Air Force photographer and pilot.
What happened to RAF pilot Rory Lomax?
Rory Lomax is one of the few fictional characters in The Dig, so we’ll never know what happened to him next in reality.
He first appears as a character in John Preston’s 2007 novel of the same name.
Real photographers of Sutton Hoo
Rory Lomax’s character in The Dig, Peggy Piggott’s love interest, isn’t simply a love interest. Rory is also the photographer of the Sutton Hoo excavation site.
Barbara Wagstaff and Mercie Lack were the actual photographers of Sutton Hoo. The pair was a teacher and companion who was vacationing in the area at the time of the discovery.