Jan. 21 - 1:00pm
|They Shall Not Grow old|
RUSI members are reminded that a new documentary film “They Shall Not Grow Old”, the work of noted director Peter Jackson, is currently being shown in a limited way at some movie theatres in BC, with a wider release expected in February. On the Lower Mainland it will be shown next at the Coquitlam Cineplex (170 Schoolhouse Street) at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 21st.
The film focuses on British soldiers on the Western Front during WW 1 with little or no mention of Canadian or other Commonwealth (Empire) soldiers. A review of “They Shaw Not Grow Old” can be found in the RUSI Newsletter of January 8, 2019. In the meantime our own RUSI member Robert Mackay, enjoyed the documentary recently and described his positive impressions on his blog posted on this website. Here are Bob’s comments.
“I saw “They Shall Not Grow Old” on a large movie screen last night, and I’m very glad I did.
"Peter Jackson’s high-tech documentary has only been shown in North America a couple of times, after debuting in the UK to great acclaim. It is due for more broad release in February.
"The movie is a distillation of more than a hundred hours of Great War film footage stored in the Imperial War Museum, and six hundred hours of audio recordings by WW I veterans. In an amazing display of virtuosity, Jackson and his international team of experts slowed or sped up the footage as required, cleaned up the images, reset the brightness, and colourized the film. As if that wasn’t enough, they also dubbed in sound, including voices of actors who would have had the same accent as the men of the regiment depicted.
"In fact the updated but very authentic footage at times had me forgetting these men were real Great War soldiers, not actors in a modern movie. In a fascinating talk that follows the film, Jackson does an excellent job of reminding us that many if not most of the men shown in various scenes would have died within minutes of being filmed.
"They shall not grow old, indeed.”
Jan. 23 - 3:00pm
Railway Club, Vancouver
|Remembering the Battle of Moreuil Wood|
You’re invited to join RUSI Vancouver member Bob Mackay to remember the Battle of Moreuil Wood at a presentation being held at Railway Club in Vancouver on Wednesday, January 23rd at 3:00 pm.
On March 30th, 1918, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) engaged the German army at Moreuil Wood in one of the last great cavalry charges in war. It became known as Flowerdew’s Charge.
The 100th anniversary last year in France was attended by members of today’s Lord Strathcona’s Horse and captured by a video. Bob Mackay was also there and next Wednesday, January 23rd will show both the video and his own PowerPoint presentation.
The charge is described in Bob’s book “Soldier of the Horse” - the story of his father Tom Mackay, who was Lt Gordon Flowerdew’s troop sergeant. Flowerdew was killed in the battle and later awarded the VC.
The Railway Club is on the 2nd floor of 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver. There is no dress code, a no-host bar and everyone is welcome.