Blackheath History Forum & Mount Vic Flicks commemorate the WW1 centenary
November 21 and 22
David Stratton introduces ‘Beyond Gallipoli & the Somme at Mount Vic Flicks
Join us for a weekend of exceptional films which will take you beyond the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Somme. We shall be screening four titles that look at the periods both before and after WW1. They will also focus more on ‘the enemy’ – the Austro-Hungarian empire – and on our French allies, whom we regularly neglect in favour of the Brits and to a lesser extent the Yanks. In other words we’ll be looking more at the Great War’s causes and consequences than its battles.
On November 21 we shall be showing Istvan Szabo’s masterpiece Colonel Redl, set in pre-war Austro-Hungary. It will be followed by Capitaine Conan, which follows the fortunes on the Macedonian front of a French army unit at the war’s end and beyond. A stirring and thought-provoking story from director Bertrand Tavernier.
On November 22 our first feature will be the only African movie ever to win the Oscar for best foreign film — Black and White in Colour. It’s a surprisingly comic and satirical take on the battles of French and German colonists in West Africa. Then we conclude with another Tavernier film, Life and Nothing But. Here we follow the heroic and heartbreaking efforts of a French army major to identify the hundreds of thousands of unknown soldiers left on the battlefields.
Our viewing will be aided by the commentaries of noted film critic and historian David Stratton, as well as Australia’s outstanding military historian, Robert O’Neill.
Once again we are delighted to be partnering with Adam and Kirsten of Mount Vic Flicks to present this unique program.
- November 21 OR 22: $35 (inclusive of the talk, two films, and lunch)
- November 21 AND 22: $60 (inclusive of two talks, four films, and two lunches)
- Mount Vic Flicks Cinema Box Office [CASH & CREDIT CARD]: tickets available Thursday-Sunday (check screen times at www.mountvicflicks.com.au), at Harley Avenue, Mount Victoria.
- Online bookings & sales: tickets can be booked online at firstname.lastname@example.org, but must be paid for by credit card within two weeks of booking.
- Phone bookings: Credit card payments can also be made over the phone to the cinema (Thursday-Sunday): 02 4787 1577.