This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and the First World War Centenary Partnership, of which LDSM is a member, are working together to show the UNESCO-listed film The Battle of the Somme (77’) 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. One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
Exclusively for LDSM, the composer and percussionist Jan Bradley will improvise a soundtrack live for our screening. Last year Jan wrote a piece setting texts by three WW1 female poets for his percussion ensemble 4-MALITY and singer, which was so successful (the LDSM première was chosen as one of the new music highlights of the year by a leading critic) that Jan was a natural choice of artist to accompany this remarkable film.