Harry Birrell: Films of Love and War
In 1928 at the age of eleven, Harry Birrell was given his first cine camera. ‘The greatest toy a child could ever receive’ he would say. His obsession with making movies would span the rest of his life despite the onset of blindness. In love, war and other adventures Harry recorded everything with a wonderfully cinematic eye on thousands of feet of high quality 16mm film.
From commanding a battalion of Ghurkas in the Indian army at the start of the WWII, to dangerous sorties deep behind enemy lines in Burma at its end; From the Ballroom dances of his youth in the 1930s to teaching his children to twist in the 1960s, Harry’s entertaining and errant adventures are filmed with the intimacy of home movies but on the scale of Lawrence of Arabia.
Today, his granddaughter Carina, uncovers a lifetime of memories all spliced together in over 400 films, personal diaries (narrated by Richard Madden) and countless photographs that have previously lay unseen.
It’s one man’s cinematic vision of the 20th Century and his own personal journey through it.
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 90 mins
- Matt Pinder
- John Archer, Carina Birrell, Matt Pinder
- Executive Producer
- David Harron, Mark Thomas, Ewan Angus
- Colin Monie, Matt Pinder
- Director of Photography
- Harry Birrell
- John Cobban
- Ian Dolamore
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Last updated 27th June 2019