Film festival comes to Bright
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.