“As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.”
~ from The Fallen by Laurence Binyon
Armistice Day is always a very important time for commemoration and remembrance. This year it takes on even more significance as we honour the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Here are three short films which contribute powerfully to all the millions of words written and tears shed over the years.
First is this beautifully-shot film about poet Wilfred Owen. It marks the centenary of his death 100 years ago today (4 November). You can read more about Owen and the inspiration behind the making of the film here.
Second is Hub’s latest video about the building of his model railway. In recent weeks, he has been constructing from scratch a monument to those killed in both world wars and here you can see the outcome:
And finally, this is the trailer for Peter Jackson’s film They Shall Not Grow Old. It is a moving tribute to all those who fought. Jackson wanted to close the gap between now and then, to bring closer to us the very human aspect of the Great War. He and his team worked on original footage shot in the trenches and surrounding areas to improve the quality and timing, and by adding colour. The narration was taken entirely from BBC interviews with survivors of the war in the 1960s. Hub and I saw the world premier in our local cinema a couple of weeks ago and it really is incredible. It is due to be shown on the BBC at 9:30pm on 11 November. I hope it will then be available worldwide. If you get a chance to see it, I urge you to do so.
“As bronze may be much beautified by lying in the dark damp soil, so men who fade in dust of warfare fade fairer, and sorrow blooms their soul.”