Screening of an unusual box office hit!
THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME
This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and the Lynsted with Kingsdown Society are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across the world. Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was 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.
For more information about the First World War Centenary Partnership’s plans to commemorate the Battle of the Somme visit www.1914.org
In the centenary year of this historic battle, through the Lynsted with Kingsdown Society’s membership of the Imperial War Museum’s Centenary Partnership, we have been given the opportunity to screen this historic film. The version that we shall be screening includes a modern musical soundtrack composed by Laura Rossi and Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Laura Rossi’s new score was commissioned to mark the 90th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme. The re-mastered film was screened for the 90th anniversary of the Battle to a full house at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the premiere of Laura’s orchestral score, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and received a 5 star review in The Times.
“And these troops in the mud grinned or stared at us to a new music score by Laura Rossi, brilliantly effective, played with typical dexterity and polish.” Geoff Brown, The Times. *****
Trail blazing film
In 1916, Ministry of Information permitted Geoffrey H Malins and J D McDowell to film live material of the battle. The film focuses on events of the 28 June to 3 July 1916.
The film was seen by millions of Britons in the first month of distribution and was recognised as a phenomenon that allowed those at home to share the experiences of the front-line soldier. Many attended in the hope of seeing their loved ones. Some were successful as the film identifies the regiments being filmed. Later millions more attended screenings in allied and neutral countries, including Russia and the United States. This altered the perception of the war and British participation in it.
The film spearheaded the establishment of the methodology of documentary and propaganda film making. To this day it is used as the source of a number of iconic images.
In 2005, the film was inscribed on UNESCO’s "Memory of the World Register". This is in recognition of its significance as both 'the compelling documentary record of one of the key battles of the First World War and as the first feature-length documentary film record of combat produced anywhere in the world'.
Finally, it has importance as one of the foundation stones of the film collection of the Imperial War Museum, an institution that may claim to be among the oldest film archives in the world. We are indebted to the IWM for making this available to their partners during the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme.
Preparations for screening
We are advertising our plans in advance, in an effort to meet newsletter deadlines across the Parishes of the Kingsdown and Creekside Cluster (Lynsted, Kingsdown, Norton, Newnham, Doddington, Wychling, Luddenham and Oare) whose war dead are being researched by the Society. You can see the list of those we lost during the Battle of the Somme below.
We screen the film, FREE OF CHARGE
8.00 pm: Battle of the Somme (1916) Film Screening on the centenary of the last day of the Battle of the Somme.
Under the terms of the partnership between the Lynsted and Kingsdown Society and the Imperial War Museum, this event is FREE OF CHARGE. No need to book a place for this screening.
Seats are limited, so if you would like to register your interest, or to be kept updated on arrangements, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also contact us if you would be interested in attending a second screening (subject to demand; date and venue to be confirmed).
***Further screenings may be arranged if there is sufficient demand***
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The Creekside Cluster lost 16 men in the 1st Battle of The Somme (1st July to 18th November 1916).
|WW1||Regimental Number||UK MEMORIAL||OVERSEAS MEMORIAL||Date of death|
|ACKERMAN Leon Lorden||G/5053 - 7th Btn - EKR - Buffs||LYNSTED & KINGSDOWN||THIEPVAL||1 July|
|22564 - 1st Btn - Border Regt; prev. "Royal West Kent Regiment" No. 6448||DODDINGTON||THIEPVAL||1 July|
|24469 - 11th Btn - Royal Fusiliers||LYNSTED & KINGSDOWN||THIEPVAL||1 July|
|G/5033 - 7th Btn - EKR - Buffs||NEWNHAM||DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ||1 July|
|899 - 12th Battery - 277th Brigade - Royal Field Artillery||OARE
(not commemorated on Oare Memorial)
|ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY||16 August|
|G/17605 - 2nd Btn - Royal Sussex Regiment||LYNSTED & KINGSDOWN||CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL||9 September|
|G/12834 - 1st Btn - Queen's Own - Royal West Kent Regt||LUDDENHAM||SERRE ROAD CEMETERY NO.2||11 September|
|G/17538 - 2nd Btn - Royal Sussex Regt||OARE||ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN
(died in Hospital)
|G/8980 - 1st Btn - EKR - Buffs||LYNSTED & KINGSDOWN||THIEPVAL||15 September|
|G/9033 - 10th Btn - Queen's Own - Royal West Kent Regt||LUDDENHAM||THIEPVAL||17 September|
|628699 - 29th Btn - Canadian Infantry||TEYNHAM||VIMY MEMORIAL||26 September|
|N/K - RAMC - attd. 9th Btn - Lancashire Fusiliers||TEYNHAM||OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY||26 September|
|G/9718 - 6th Btn - EKR - Buffs||LYNSTED & KINGSDOWN||THIEPVAL||7 October|
|G/22397 - 32nd Btn - EKR - Buffs||LYNSTED & KINGSDOWN||A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS
(Australian Imperial Force - most burials were British)
|L/8968 - 6th Btn - EKR - Buffs||LUDDENHAM||HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE||18 October|
|34744 - 10th Btn - Royal Fusiliers||OARE||THIEPVAL||18 November|