PREVIEW Films of Love and War
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PREVIEW Films of Love and War – Everyman Winchester, Wednesday 23 October, 6pm
Harry Birrell was given his first cine-camera as a boy in 1928 and spent his life recording incidents great and small.
He obsessively did that – from his wartime years in Bombay to meeting the love of his life.
Then at his home near Glasgow, in the 1950s, Harry knocked through two bedrooms to create a fully-furnished home cinema, which became known as the smallest cinema in Scotland.
Home movies of family events and fine romances now ache with fond nostalgia but Harry’s life was also filled with far away adventures.
Narrated by Richard Madden, the documentary plunders the treasure trove of Harry’s 400 films and personal diaries to capture a vivid sense of wartime years spent in Bombay, the jungles of Burma, leading a battalion of Gurkhas and in the mountains of Nepal.
Matt Pinder’s beautifully composed, captivating documentary delivers one man’s cinematic vision of the 20th century and his own incredible journey through it.
The film won the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival.
You can see it on Wednesday at 6pm, at the Everyman Cinema Winchester, followed by a live Q&A with Lt Col Bob Couldrey – a retired Gurkha Officer who’s currently Chairman of the 7th DEO Gurkha Rifles Regimental Association.