Presented by Heavenly Films
“… and then all the world began to roar.” Private William Finlay, Durham Light Infantry Regiment and Lincolnshire Regiment.
Asunder tells the story of what happened to an English town during the First World War, with almost all of its men fighting abroad and its women and children left behind. The North East was in the front line, thanks to its shipyards and munitions factories.
Using archive and contemporary footage and audio, Asunder collages the stories of people from Tyneside and Wearside to uncover just what life was like on the home front, with bombs falling on Britain for the first time, conscientious objectors sentenced to death, and women working as doctors, tram conductors and footballers.
The narrative moves from an Edwardian golden era, in which sport grew in popularity and aircraft and cars pointed to a bright new future, to a war that horrifically reversed this progress. In the Battle of the Somme, British, French and German armies fought one of the most traumatic battles in military history. Over the course of just four months, more than one million soldiers were captured, wounded or killed in a confrontation of unimaginable horror.
Narrated by Kate Adie, with a soundtrack composed by Mercury-nominated Field Music and Warm Digits.
Followed by a Q&A with director Esther Johnson and writer/producer Bob Stanley.
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- Running time
- 72 mins
- Other features
- Esther Johnson