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UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme screened across Worcestershire

Posted  1 July 2016 in News  
By Kate Clements
Still from the British film "The Battle of the Somme". The image is part of a sequence introduced by a caption reading "British Tommies rescuing a comrade under shell fire. (This man died 30 minutes after reaching the trenches)". © IWM (Q 79501)

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and Worcestershire World War One Hundred are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, with 9 screenings taking place in community spaces across Worcestershire from 2 July.

Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature-length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film were perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme, many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film. One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection, is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

The free film screenings, taking place at libraries and community spaces, will be accompanied by commemorative exhibitions and expert speakers as part of over 20 events taking place across Worcestershire commemorating the Battle of the Somme in the county.

Free film screenings and associated talks take place on the following dates, times and locations:

2 July 10.30am, Droitwich Library, Victora Square, Droitwhich Spa, WR9 8DQ
3 July 7pm, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB
6 July, 11am, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB
9 July 12pm, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB
13 July 3pm, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB
14 July 7pm – includes a talk by Somme expert Michael Stedman, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB
16 July 12pm – includes a talk by cinema expert Paul Elliot, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB
8 July 7.30pm, Community Cinema in St George’s Hall, Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 2EQ

Find out more on the Worcestershire World War One Hundred website.

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