Film still from War of Words. Image courtesy of the British Council New Zealand.

Film still from War of Words. Image courtesy of the British Council New Zealand.

War of Words - Soldier-Poets of the Somme

British Council John Grierson Documentary Series
  • Sun 21 Jul 2019
  • 4—5:40PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry
  • All welcome
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rated exempt

Using animation, documentary accounts, surviving artefacts, battalion war diaries and the landscape itself to reconnect literature to the events that inspired it.

The 1916 Battle of the Somme remains the most famous battle of World War I, remembered for its bloodshed and its limited territorial gains. What is often overlooked, however, is the literary importance of the Somme: more writers and poets fought in it than in any other battle in history. Narrated by Michael Sheen, War of Words: Soldier-Poets of the Somme details the experiences of the poets and writers who served in the battle.

UK, 2014, 89 min., Dir. Sebastian Barfield

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