A historical silent film depicting the Battle of the Somme will be screened in Montgomeryshire next month.
Two free screenings of the 1916 film ‘The Battle of the Somme’ will be held at the entertainment venue Hafren in Newtown on Saturday, May 27.
The screenings will be at 2pm and 7pm and have been organised by Powys County Council’s Powys War Memorials Project, which commemorates the centenary of World War One.
The council, which is also a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership, has worked with Hafren to bring the film back to the big screen.
The Imperial War Museums (IWM) and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across the world.
Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film.
A soundtrack that was commissioned to mark the 90th anniversary of The Battle of The Somme will be played while the film is being screened. The music was composed by Laura Rossie and performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Sue Bolter, the council’s Head of Head of Regeneration Property and Commissioning, said: “This is a unique opportunity to see one of the defining moments in British history when ordinary people were able to see the horrors of war almost first hand through the medium of film.
“This film is 100 years old and fully restored with a new soundtrack that evokes the feelings of the times. Entry is free so that you can relive something of the experience that our families went through as they searched for the faces of their loved ones who were fighting overseas.
“This film is a very appropriate way to commemorate the role of those brave people who left Newtown and Powys, never to return and sacrificed their lives for our futures.”
For more information about the First World War Centenary Partnership’s plans to commemorate the Battle of the Somme visit www.1914.org