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The Battle of the Somme - Matinee Screening
Thu 29 June 2017, 13:30 – 15:30 BST
The Battle of the Somme
Shot and screened in 1916, The Battle of the Somme was the first feature length documentary about the First War to be filmed at the Front and depicts the preparation and first days of the Somme Campaign. It was shot by just two cameramen - Geoffrey Malins and J. B. McDowell. J.B. (Jock) McDowell provides a major connection to Waltham Forest as he ran the British and Colonial Film Company Studios on Hoe Street, Walthamstow, and was one of the most important film makers of the pre-War period. In the first three months from its release the film was seen by around 20 million people (nearly half the population of Britain at the time), making it one of the most watched in British cinema history. In Walthamstow and Leyton alone it was showing simultaneously in three different cinemas in September 1916.
The film will be accompanied by a live orchestra made up of young players from Waltham Forest Music Service’s Youth Orchestra as well as professional musicians. They will perform a special score by composer Laura Rossi commissioned by the Imperial War Museum in 2006 for the film’s 90th anniversary.
The screening will be preceded by talks by Laura Rossi and Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator from the Imperial War Museum, who led the film’s restoration process, to contextualise the film and the music.
Please note: Tickets can not be refunded once purchased.