Date: Monday 12th November 2018
'Cornish Tommies' and 'Oh! What Lovely War'
Cornish Tommies: A new short documentary commissioned by C Fylm accompanies a season of First World War films across Cornwall this autumn - Tonight - 'Oh! What a Lovely War!’ - a musical adaptation of the play of the same name and Richard Attenborough’s directorial debut with a stellar cast. The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on World War I after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare.
To celebrate the Centenary of Armistice Day, C Fylm has commissioned a young student team and school and college children to get involved in telling and learning about Cornwall’s First World War stories by producing a short documentary film. The Cornish Tommies project will enable local people throughout Cornwall to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of Cornish families who lived through the First World War.
Cornish Tommies tells the true story of a young Cornish miner called Henry Jennings who was called up to serve in the trenches in the last year of the First World War. With help from archivists at Bodmin Regimental Museum, the Imperial War Museum film archive, and curators at St Agnes Museum and the Cornish Methodist Historical Association, the team have unearthed previously unrecorded local stories.
Members of the family and neighbours of Henry Jennings have provided unique access into their family albums to enable Cornish Tommies to present the true story of a Cornish mining family caught up in the war and how lives changed in the peace that followed.
A group of eight Falmouth University Students have formed the production team. A further 25 sixth form students from Truro & Penwith College and Bodmin College volunteered to take part in the film both in front of the camera and behind. A large number of community groups have been engaged in the growing story that emerged including the History Group of the Poly in Falmouth, the members of the Nankersey Male Voice Choir, Truro School, and many more will be drawn in as the students and C-Fylm support the screening of the film for local people in village halls, museums and schools.
The project has been funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, and the BFI. We have also received generous in kind support from many sources including Falmouth University and the C-Fylm community volunteers across Cornwall who will screen the film as part of a season of films devoted to the Great War as the Centenary of the Armistice Day passes.
The film will be screening in village halls, community centres, schools and universities from 10th October 2018, alongside a season of WW1 films. Dates and details are listed on the C Fylm website.
The Cornish Tommies short film is available for screening on request for any community groups until May.
For further information, images and interviews please contact Tim Smithies at Creative Kernow on 01209 312500 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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