Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival is one of the events in a 100-day season to remember the centenary of the death of poet and soldier Wilfred Owen and of the Armistice of 11th November 1918. Co-ordinating events is the Shropshire Remembers World War I Group which has over 50 representatives of organisations with an interest in these commemorations. A Wilfred Owen 100 events brochure has been published and an online version may be seen on the website www.shropshireremembers.org.uk
The Film Festival offers films from the 1930s to the present day. Classics like ‘Hell’s Angels’ and ‘La Grande Illusion’ are rarely seen on the big screen. From the 1960s we have ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘The Blue Max’ and ‘Oh! What A Lovely War’ (dementia friendly screening). More recent productions include ‘A Very Long Engagement’, ‘War Horse’ and this year’s well received version of R. C. Sherriff’s ‘Journey’s End’. We will be screening two brand new films – ‘The Burying Party’ about Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon and ‘The Long Way Home’ about a fictional Shropshire pal’s regiment in the dying days of the War.
Our venues range from small village halls to larger community cinemas/arts venues. Many of them rely on volunteers to operate. We have received magnificent support from Flicks in the Sticks which shows films at rural venues throughout the region.
On the home page click on the films you wish to see and you will be taken to the venue page where there are more details about the film and how to book. Tickets are priced from £4 with concessions at many venues. Each film has its BBFC certificate shown or guidance on age restrictions.
Shropshire is a rural county with limited public transport provision. Evening bus services are virtually non-existent but the venues in Shrewsbury, Whitchurch and Wem can be reached by train. Times can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk Gobowen is the nearest station to Oswestry and there are buses back to Gobowen until 9pm. Find out more about public transport by visiting www.travelinemidlands.co.uk
Please contact individual venues if you need to know what time the programme will finish. Advertisements and trailers may be shown before the main feature at some venues.
If you are planning to come and stay in Shropshire during the First World War Film Festival you will find these sites useful: –
Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival has no corporate structure and is the sum of its parts. Your relationship is with the venue from whom you purchased your ticket and staff will do their very best to answer any enquiries if you have special needs such as access.
The Festival Organiser is Tim King. He can be contacted by email via timothy.king (at) yahoo.com Insert @ for at. (Limiting spam!)
Thank you for attending one or more of our movies.
Please have a look at the Wilfred Owen 100 Events Brochure to see what else is happening in October and November. Visit www.shropshireremembers.org.uk to see a copy.
Images on this site are owned by various film studios and production companies.