Remembrance Day Special: The Battle of the Somme
1916, 74 mins
Digital restoration with soundtrack.
The restored ‘Battle of the Somme’ is a historic and iconic documentary film made in 1916 on the battlefield, that was seen by huge audiences at the time in Britain when it was released in August 1916, barely a month after it was made. The film depicts allied preparations for and the early stages of the battle, and gave a very graphic depiction of trench warfare. It was a massive success selling some 20 million tickets in its first six weeks of release in Britain and was then distributed in 18 other countries and drew large audiences in Australia some months later.