It was on 28 July 1914 – a month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand sparked a diplomatic crisis across Europe – that the opening shots of ‘the war to end all wars’ were fired, as Austria-Hungary prepared to invade Serbia. On the eve of Britain’s declaration of war on Germany on 4 August, with German forces occupying neutral Belgium, British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey is said to have remarked: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” Four years later, the First World War had claimed almost 17 million lives.
COMPANY OF FOUR
Date: Tuesday 23 October
Venue: Main Hall, Beacon Academy School
Doors Open: 5.00pm
Film Starts: 5.30pm
Box Office: 01892 611414
Premier of a film short, by Room 18 Films
Written and starring: Harry Walters.
Directed by: Benedict Webb.
Scenes shot in Crowborough, and at Horstead Keynes Station courtesy of the Bluebell Railway.
The film is followed by a screening of
Relive the drama, conflict and power of one of the most influential anti-war films ever made – All Quiet on the Western Front. Universal’s first Best Picture Academy Award winner follows a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat.
If a classic movie can be measured by the number of indelible images it burns into the collective imagination, then All Quiet on the Western Front‘s status is undisputed. Since its release in 1930 (and Oscar win for best picture), this film’s saga of German boys avidly signing up for World War I battle–and then learning the truth of war–has been acclaimed for its intensity, artistry, and grown-up approach. Director Lewis Milestone’s technical expertise is already stunning in the great opening sequence, as a professor exhorts his students to volunteer for the glory of the Fatherland while troops march past the windows. Erich Maria Remarque’s novel is faithfully followed, but Milestone’s superbly composed frames make it physical: the first battle scene, with the camera prowling the trenches as they fill with death and chaos, was surely the Saving Private Ryan of its day.
It’s 1914, Rudyard Kipling, one of the British Empire’s greatest supporters is at the peak of his literary fame. Kipling’s son Jack is determined to play his part in the imminent war with Germany but finds himself rejected due to his extremely poor eyesight. When his father uses his influence to land Jack a commission in the Irish Guards, Kipling’s wife is bitterly upset, failing to see the glory in losing her only son to the war.
As Jack leaves for war, Kipling consoles himself with the thought that if his son should die, it will have been his finest hour. But how would the great writer justify the consequences of his actions to himself and his wife? And how would he live with the conflict between his two greatest passions: a love for his family and a devotion to King & Country?
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