Sunday, 9 October 2011
For Your Tomorrow documentary WORLD PREMIERE
This event takes place on Monday 24th October 2011, at the Light House cinema Wolverhampton, 5:15 for 6 pm.
About 6 years ago Don Clark began interviewing men from Wolverhampton & the Black Country about their experiences in the Second World War's Burma campaign. He recorded about 80 hours of oral history-style interviews, and this has been used as the basis for a film: "For Your Tomorrow". A link to the website and trailer is below. Sadly, some of the interviewees have since died, but that does further enhance the value of their testimonies.
Although the interviews were the inspiration for the film, the documentary takes some younger local people, whose grandparents died in Burma, on a journey of discovery with living vets who served alongside their grandfathers. Don hopes it is thoughtful and moving, but also quite uplifting and a fitting tribute to the 'lads' who went to fight in the Far East on behalf of all of us, as part of the Forgotten Army. It has a much broader appeal than if it were simply an account of what happened in wartime.
The film has been a long and involved project, involving award-winning documentary-maker Christopher Hird, and the editing was done by Paul Oremland, who came up from New Zealand to edit with Don in Tettenhall.
The film website can be found at: http://www.foryourtomorrow.com . The website gives plenty of detail about the film and you can also book tickets for the premier online. Hurry though as they are selling out fast.
There should be a fairly big piece in the 'Express & Star' this week and Don has been interviewed on Radio WM to be broadcast tomorrow (Monday 10 Octoiber), so people will be starting to hear. The film is bound to appeal to plenty of Black Country Society followers.
I will be reviewing the DVD in the Winter edition of The Blackcountryman, so if you cannot get to the premier you will be able to purchase the DVD, details will be included in the review.