The Great War and Silent Feature Film

Just how important to the war effort were the silent propaganda films of 100 years ago and how do they look to today’s audiences?

As part of History Week 2015, on Friday September 11, Blue Mountains City Library is offering a rare glimpse of some of these films and the opportunity to hear from an expert on how they affected not only the attitude to the war in Australia but the changing sense of national identity.Great War Silent Movie Talk Poster no details

Dr Bruce Dennett will describe how the young Australian film industry mobilised for war by producing feature films to support and endorse the war effort and discusses how this was one of the earliest examples of the power of narrative films to influence public opinion.

This year’s History Week theme is ‘War, Nationalism and Identity’. Dr Dennett will explore the meaning of these concepts as well as provide time for questions and discussion.

He has been a teacher for more than thirty years at the secondary and tertiary level and has particular expertise in the history of Australian silent film. He is the author and co-author of a dozen history textbooks published by Oxford University Press.

Presented by Blue Mountains City Library and The History Council of NSW.

Friday September 11 | 2.00pm to 3.00pm | Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub Springwood | A FREE event but bookings essential, please call any Library branch to book in.

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