Filming history of darkest hours

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The 1916 film The Battle of the Somme is a compelling record of one of the key battles of WW1 and the first feature-length documentary about combat.

What is little known is that of two cameramen who filmed this event, one – Geoffrey Malins – was born, and spent his early working life, in Hastings. Now, a local audience can share the experience of seeing this silent film as it was originally intended.

Digitally restored by the Imperial War Museums in 2005 and with a new score by the film composer Laura Rossi, The Battle Of The Somme (1916) will be screened with the Hastings Sinfonia providing full orchestral accompaniment at St Mary In The Castle on Sunday May 21 at 3pm.

Hastings Sinfonia is the local orchestra that has a reputation for performing well-known classical music and opera favourites together with exciting new melodic works. The orchestra will be conducted by Derek Carden, and there will be guest speakers Laura Rossi, the composer, and Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator, of the Imperial War Museums.

Tickets £12.50 adults, £8.50 under 18, available on the door, or from TicketSource, and Hastings Tourist Information Centre.

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