WW1 ANZAC Day Screenings at the Victoria Theatre, Devonport

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Helen Pollock's extraordinary sculpture "Falls The Shadow"

Helen Pollock's extraordinary sculpture "Falls The Shadow"

ANZAC Day, Monday the 25th April

1 pm: Three short documentary films

Actor Robyn Malcolm, sculptor Helen Pollock and film maker David Blyth have individually made the journey back to the WW1 battlefields of Northern France and Belgium to retrace the footsteps of their forefathers. Each has created a personal tribute to the sacrifices of the New Zealand Division on the Western Front..

The films contain interesting archival footage of the New Zealanders on the Western Front in WW1; and particularly around Passchendaele and Le Quesnoy.

The film makers will be present at the ANZAC Day screening for a questions and answers after the screenings of the 3 films.

‘Falls the Shadow’ by Helen Pollock and Scott Ewing, shows the background and thinking behind the sculpture installation ‘Falls the Shadow’ by Helen Pollock. It is a personal “taking the box out from the bottom drawer” and an investigation of her father’s involvement as a young signaller on the Western Front. It makes comment on the long term never fully determined or acknowledged tragic consequences of WW1 on subsequent generations of New Zealanders. It was recently shown in the documentary section of the Antipodean Film Festival at St Tropez. 8.43mins

‘Our Lost War’ by Robyn Malcolm. Actor Robyn Malcolm visits the towns of Passchendaele and Ypres in Belgium – both near the cemetery where her great uncle, Private George Salmond, also an ANZAC signaller, is buried. He was killed in the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, a victim of a battle recognised as a tragedy of poor planning and preparation. Local war experts pay tribute to the New Zealand soldiers’ mettle, and Malcolm looks at the site and reflects on Uncle George and his sacrifice on foreign whenua. 44mins

‘French Connection’ by David Blyth. This is a newly completed film is about David Blyth’s grandfather Colonel Curly Blyth who served on the Western Front. Colonel Curly Blyth lived to be NZ’s oldest soldier surviving from WW1. He died when he was 105.The film focuses on Colonel Blyth’s relationship with the French town of Le Quesnoy which was liberated by New Zealand soldiers during the last days of WW1. 23mins

• 1pm: Three short documentary films will be presented in the Victoria Theatre 44 seat Benwell Cinema. Questions and Answers with the filmmakers immediately after.

Followed by

• 3pm: Feature film ‘Chunuk Bair’ about the tragic involvement of ANZAC troops at Gallipoli, in the 180 seat Victoria Theatre,


$8 to attend either or $12 for both.

One price for all admits, no discounts.

Bookings commence from 19th April

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