Throughout the autumn of 1916, 20 million people flocked to see a silent film, The Battle of the Somme. This was nearly half the population of Britain at the time. The film remains one of the most watched in British cinema history, even bigger than Star Wars.
Island Arts Centre (in association with Belfast Film Festival) present a commemorative evening of music and film to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
Made by cinematographers Geoffrey Malins and J B McDowell, who risked their lives filming at the front line, it provides an invaluable insight into the battle.
Composer Laura Rossi’s acclaimed orchestral score was written to accompany this iconic film, and will be performed live by the Studio Symphony Orchestra.
‘And these troops in the mud grinned or stared at us to a new music score by Laura Rossi, brilliantly effective…’ Geoff Brown, The Times *****