WW1 Film Season continues in 2015

Cinematic ‘Greats’ of the past century mark the centenary of the First World War.

Due to its popularity, we're continuing the WW1 Film Season into 2015.

Paths of Glory screens on 2 August, followed by Lawrence of Arabia on 6 September
(which will be the last film in the current season. Please note, owing to its length the film will start at 7pm).

WW1 Season curator Paul Sargent

Paul Sargent, former head curator of the Imperial War Museum Film Archive, has curated a season of First World War films to coincide with the First World War (1914-1918) centenary.

Tell EnglandPaul has a long-standing interest in how war is presented on screen. The films chosen depict and question the reality of the WW1 conflict from contemporary viewpoints as well as that of the combatant countries.

WW1 Season opened in May 2014 with Abel Gance’s 1919 anti-war masterpiece ‘J’Accuse’. 

2015 Season highlights

Tell England (pictured, above) screened in February. Its battle scenes were regarded as historically accurate and became an inspiration for Saving Private Ryan.

La Grande IllusionLa Grande Illusion (pictured, right) followed in March, and Les Croix de Bois in April followed by The Spy in Black in June. 

WW1 and Hastings

On 1 July 1916 one of the greatest catastrophes ever was inflicted on the British Army. This was the opening phase of what became known as the Battle of Somme and the British casualties on the first day alone were in excess of 57,000. What is not so well known is that parts of this battle were filmed by two men – J B McDowell and Geoffrey Malins. An even lesser known fact is that Malins was born here in Hastings.

Malins was born in Russell Street in Hastings on 18 November 1886. His father was a hairdresser and his mother a maid. He originally trained as a portrait photographer, although little is known of his early life. He moved to London around 1910 where he found work in the film industry and by the outbreak of war in 1914 he was working for one of the early newsreel companies as a cameraman.

Malins' ability as a cameraman assisted in his being nominated as one of two official cameramen to go to the Front at the end of 1915 to film alongside British Forces. His filming, together with McDowell, of the opening phase of the Somme resulted in some of the most iconic images of the First World War.

A Season not to be missed!



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Doors and the bar open at 7.15pm, screenings start at 8pm.

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