still-from-battle-of-the-somme-filmOn Sunday 3 July at 3pm in the Century Cinema, Letterkenny, Donegal County Museum in partnership with Imperial War Museums (IWM) and Century Cinema hosted a special free screening of the 1916 film The Battle of the Somme.  Shot and first screened in 1916, this was the first feature length documentary about war that changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. The black and white film was shot by cameramen Geoffrey Malins and J B McDowell. The film depicts trench warfare and shows marching infantry, artillery firing on German positions, British troops waiting to attack and the treatment of wounded British and German soldiers. The documentary is accompanied by a music score composed by Laura Rossi. This is the first feature length war documentary inscribed onto UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. Over 80 men from Donegal died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916.

Admission to the film was free. Screenings of the Battle of the Somme film have been arranged for other venues in Donegal in the coming months. Further details will be released shortly. For further information on contact Donegal County Museum, 074 9124613; museum@donegalcoco.ie

Explore British Pathé’s online exhibition of footage relating to the Battle of the Somme.

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