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Dawn (1928) Silent Film Screening Event

Great War: Unknown War
13 February 2018
Turner Sims Concert Hall

For more information regarding this event, please email Mary Andrew at .

Event details

Part of the Great War: Unknown War Silent Film Fortnight. Turner Sims in partnership with the University of Southampton’s Film and Music departments presents a three-part series focusing on the film heritage of the First World War. With introductions to each film, expert insights and guests, including two of the country’s leading silent film score performers, the series of screenings and talks will show the role cinema played in memorialising the war after the armistice, and reflect on cinema’s continued importance to our present day understanding of the conflict.

Andrew Fisher ensemble leader

One of the greatest British martyrs of World War I, Edith Cavell (1865-1915) was a distinguished nurse who moved to Brussels in 1907 to help establish an independent medical institution outside the control of the established churches. After war was declared in 1914 she became actively involved in helping to smuggle British fugitives out of Belgium, for which she was eventually caught, tried and sentenced to death. In the first of two adaptations of the Cavell story director Herbert Wilcox opted to stage the events primarily in the form of an atmospherically-shot suspense thriller, with Sybil Thorndike in the title role, one of her most memorable film appearances.

Composer and pianist Andrew Fisher leads an ensemble in an improvised performance to accompany the film.

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Seminar Prior to  Dawn - All welcome, free to attend

In collaboration with the Film Department's seminar series we are pleased to announce that two expert speakers will be presenting their thoughts relevant to the Dawn screening between 4-6pm at the University of Southampton. We hope that this will give a greater insight and depth to viewers of Dawn in the evening.

‘Stretchers, Screens and Cinema Day: How Medicine and Film Shaped Caregiving in the First World War’

Rebecca Harrison, University of Glasgow

‘“Patriotism is Not Enough”: Edith Cavell on Film’

Lawrence Napper, King's College London

Please download abstracts and the full Film Seminar Series programme below.


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