Directed by Esther Johnson

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A hundred years ago in July, British, French and German forces began one of the most traumatic battles in military history. Over the course of just four months in 1916, more than one million soldiers were captured, wounded or killed in the First World War’s Battle of the Somme, a confrontation of unimaginable horror.

This ambitious new event explores the legacy of the Somme through the prism of a single city – Sunderland. Esther Johnson’s film uses archive and contemporary footage to collage the stories of people from Tyneside and Wearside to uncover just what life was like on the Western front and Home Front – from the men who fought in the fields, to those who stayed behind to work in the region’s shipyards and munitions factories.

The soundtrack for Asunder is composed by Sunderland’s Mercury-nominated Field Music and Newcastle’s Warm Digits.

Above image courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

72 minutes


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Great Britain

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