Saturday, 27 April 2013

Spirit of 45 (film)

Director Ken Loach has created a very different film in The Spirit Of 45. Instead of a fictional tale, this time he has used film from Britain’s regional and national archives alongside sound recordings and contemporary interviews to make a documentary about the camaraderie and national spirit in Britain in the years immediately following the end of the Second World War. 

Community and cooperation are becoming popular words again as we rediscover the benefits of simple concepts such as shopping locally and recycling. In 1945, working together and mutual support were the essential attributes that allowed Britain to begin rebuilding herself and the lives of her people. In a few years of rapid change, important industries were nationalised, the Welfare State was founded and the National Health Service began treating its first patients. The Spirit Of 45 is an impassioned snapshot and a celebration of the determination that enabled this to happen. The film does not claim to be a complete history - and director Ken Loach has pointed out that this would take hours of film to achieve - but I think it hopes to inspire 2013 Britons to recreate the sense of unity that their grandparents enjoyed. It is appropriate that the film has its local screenings at Hailsham Pavilion - a volunteer-based cinema.

Hailsham Pavilion, Tue 14th May and Wed 15th May, 19:45.
Wed matinee, 14:15.
Tickets £6.50 adults, £5 concessions, Wed matinee £4.50, available online, by calling 01323 841414, or in person at the Box Office.