Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: TBC
A new documentary discovers the rich and eloquent legacy of an unassuming but well-travelled and thoughtful man.
Only recently discovered by his surviving family – his granddaughter is one of the film’s producers – the film charts the extensive films, diaries and albums of a Scottish WWII soldier who fought in Asia.
The film does not lack in exotic locations and vivid period detail: London is seen in all its pre-war splendour, and Birrell walked over great regions of India, Burma, and Tibet. What makes the film even more unique and riveting, however, is Birrell’s eye for detail: the films show his loving attention to mundane, yet touchingly ephemeral events, while his diaries (movingly voiced by Richard Madden) show his thoughtful concern for the people and events around him, painfully aware of how fleeting they and his memories of them are.
Largely in colour and carefully restored, his amateur yet expert eye ably involves the audience in seaside holidays and military exercises alike, giving them a fuller idea than ever of both the vanished world he lived in and his deeply felt commitment to preserving it. (Research Dominic Bannister)
We are very pleased to invite you to join us after the screening for a Q&A with the filmmakers.