Brits to salute end of WWI

Di­rec­tor Danny Boyle to gather Bri­tons on beaches to mark 100-year mile­stone

Horowhenua Chronicle - - LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS -

Film­maker Danny Boyle is urg­ing thou­sands of peo­ple to gather on Bri­tish beaches and make sil­hou­ettes in the sand on Novem­ber 11 to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

Sand artists will also cre­ate gi­ant por­traits of peo­ple killed in the war, which will be washed away by the in­com­ing tide, Boyle has an­nounced.

The beach­side com­mem­o­ra­tion caps four years of Bri­tish cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the 1914-18 con­flict, in which 20 mil­lion peo­ple died.

Boyle said beaches “are truly pub­lic spa­ces, where no­body rules other than the tide”.

“They seem the per­fect place to gather and say a fi­nal good­bye and thank you to those whose lives were taken or for­ever changed by the First World War,” he said.

The Trainspot­ting and Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire di­rec­tor stepped down ear­lier this year from the helm of the next James Bond film over what pro­duc­ers said were creative dif­fer­ences. He has been re­placed by Cary Fuku­naga.

Boyle said giv­ing up the 007 job had helped cre­ate more time to work on the World War I project.

“I was ab­so­lutely des­per­ately keen to do this,” said Boyle, who also di­rected the 2012 Lon­don Olympics open­ing cer­e­mony.

“My in­volve­ment in it would have been slightly com­pro­mised by that work­load.

“But I was still very, very keen to do it be­cause it’s a real, proper priv­i­lege to do some­thing like this where you hope to con­nect with ev­ery­body in the coun­try in some way, as much as you can, rather than through your nor­mal chan­nels, like the box of­fice.”

Photo / AP

Bri­tish film­maker Danny Boyle holds a pho­to­graph of Pri­vate Wal­ter Bleak­ley, who lived on the same street where Boyle went to school, as he an­nounces plans for his Ar­mistice Day com­mis­sion, the UK’s arts pro­gramme for the World War I cen­te­nary, on the beach, in Folke­stone, Eng­land.

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