Sunday 3rd July 2016, 1.00pm
To mark the centenary of the battle, Bristol Remembering The Real World War One, Bristol Festival of Ideas and Bristol 2014 – in association with Watershed – are presenting the film accompanied by the distinguished pianist Stephen Horne. He will give a short introduction and the screening will be followed by a panel discussion between Professor David Miller (Professor Of Sociology, University of Bath), Humberto Perez-Blanco (Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, UWE) and June Hannam (Professor Emeritus of Modern British History, UWE) chaired by Andrew Kelly (Bristol Festival of Ideas and Bristol 2014).
More information about the film showing can be found here Film Showing: “Battle Of The Somme”
The scale of Britain’s involvement in World War 1 changed in 1916. Any initial enthusiasm for the war was wearing off. Early recruits had been trained and sent to the front. There was no sign of imminent victory. Volunteer numbers were drying up. Those who had opposed the war in 1914 were joined by opponents of conscription when it was introduced in January 1916. After almost two years of sporadic fighting, July 1916 saw the start of the Battle Of The Somme.