We Will Remember Them Great War Family Film Evening and Talk
A showing of the original 1916 film The Battle of the Somme with commentary by Andrew Robertshaw and a pre-screening talk by Professor Brian Hammond
The school is holding its annual ‘We Will Remember Them’ History event on Thursday 10th November at 19:15 in the DRT. This year’s format and timings are a little different to those of previous years. As we remember the centenary of one of the most famous (some might say infamous) battles of the war, the Battle of the Somme, we are showing in its 74 minutes entirety the original 1916 film of that battle. Shot partly on the battlefield itself but also using some reconstructed scenes filmed behind the lines, it was the first British ‘blockbuster movie' and was seen by nearly 20 million people in 1916. It contains many iconic yet also deeply poignant scenes. As it is a silent movie, we are delighted to welcome back Andrew Robertshaw, author and broadcaster back to PGS to provide a commentary during the film. We are also very pleased to welcome Professor Brian Hammond from the Film Studies Department at Southampton University to provide a short (20 minute) introductory talk to the film. This is very much an event that we hope will be accessible and interesting to both parents and pupils. There are some images of wounded soldiers and communal graves, but nothing I hope too traumatic for younger viewers. There is no graphic violence in the film.
The event will be of interest and relevance both to the pupil body (Years 7-13), and also to parents and friends of the school as well.
In order to accommodate both the film and the talk, we have a slightly earlier starting time. The talk will begin at 19:15 but refreshments will be available from 18:45 onwards. The whole event should conclude around 20:45.
There is no charge for admission.
We are also delighted to be running this event with the support and involvement of the Portsdown branch of the U3A
We very much hope that you will be able to attend what promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable event as part of our ongoing remembrance of the Great War centenaries.