Film fes­ti­val comes to Bright

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By STRUAN JONES

TO com­mem­o­rate the sign­ing of the armistice that ended the First World War, the Bright RSL Sub-Branch and Cloud 9 Cinema are host­ing an Armistice Cen­te­nary Film Fes­ti­val.

Six films set dur­ing World War One will be screened between Tues­day, Novem­ber 6 and Re­mem­brance Day on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11.

This year marks 100 years since the sign­ing of the armistice in France, which ended fight­ing on land, air and sea between Ger­many and the Al­lies, and brought to a close the most fright­ful war the world had ever seen.

More than 330,000 Aus­tralians were sent abroad to serve and 60,000 of those lost their lives, in­clud­ing 76 mem­bers of the Bright com­mu­nity whose names are writ­ten on the me­mo­rial clock tower.

As part of the cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions, the Depart­ment of De­fence made funds avail­able for towns wish­ing to mark the date in a dif­fer­ent way.

Pres­i­dent of the Bright RSL Sub-Branch Kevin Black put for­ward the idea for a film festi- val, which was en­thu­si­as­ti­cally sup­ported by Cloud 9 Cinema, and re­ceived ex­tra funds from the Bright Com­mu­nity Bank and the Alpine Shire Coun­cil to pay for screen­ing rights and to make all tick­ets avail­able free of charge.

Six films have been cho­sen, in­clud­ing: All Quiet on the Western Front, Jour­ney’s End, War Horse, They Shall Not Grow Old, Be­neath Hill 60, and The Lighthorse­men; the lat­ter two both Aus­tralian, which Mr Black ad­mits “are a lit­tle bit sen­sa­tion­alised.”

“All the films have a bit of an anti-war lean to them, and that’s what we wanted to show,” he said.

Mr Black de­scribed All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) as ar­guably the great­est war film ever, it will be screened at 2pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, with tick­ets made avail­able for Bright P-12 Col­lege stu­dents study­ing his­tory.

“We wanted to show the hor­ror of war, yet at the same time be en­ter­tain­ing, but to be grate­ful that the war ended when it did, be­cause it was cer­tainly the most ghastly and worst war that had hap­pened un­til then,” Mr Black said.

On the evening of Re­mem­brance Day, there will be an in­vite-only screen­ing of Peter Jack­son’s new doc­u­men­tary They Shall Not Grow Old.

The Bright RSL have ar­ranged a man to be dressed in World War One uni­form with his horse while two World War Two vet­er­ans will also be driven to the theatre in con­vert­ibles sup­plied by the Rod Run.

“We’re mak­ing a big thing out of it,” Mr Black said.

The full sched­ule of film­ing is:

Tick­ets are avail­able by email­ing film­fes­ti­val. [email protected], or by mail to Bright RSL PO Box 288 Bright 3741.

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