The Man Who Shot the Great War

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Ir­ish ri­fle­man Ge­orge Hack­ney was an ama­teur pho­tog­ra­pher be­fore he left Belfast in 1915 to fight in World War I. Nat­u­rally, he took his cam­era with him. Un­of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­phy was strictly pro­hib­ited; the re­sult is a col­lec­tion of ex­tra­or­di­nary can­did pho­to­graphs that tell the story of life in the trenches and death on the battlefield. When he died in 1977, Hack­ney’s col­lec­tion of 300 pho­to­graphs was be­queathed to the Ul­ster Mu­seum, where they lay out of sight un­til 2012 when a cu­ra­tor showed them to film­maker Brian Henry Martin — who di­rected this poignant doc­u­men­tary.

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