A weekend special at Bertha DocHouse
SATURDAY 25TH APRIL - 3:30PM
NIGHT WILL FALL + Director Q&A
Dir: André Singer
United Kingdom / Germany / France / Israel / United States / Denmark / 2014 / 75mins
When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45, their terrible discoveries were recorded by army and newsreel cameramen, revealing for the first time the full horror of what had happened. The footage was to become part of a propaganda film about the Nazi genocide. This unique project was masterminded by Sidney Bernstein, founder of Granada TV, who recruited Alfred Hitchcock, Stewart McAllister and Richard Crossman, among others, to help him complete the ambitious project. But within six months, the British and American governments mysteriously and suddenly withdrew the film, consigning it, incomplete, to the archives of the Imperial War Museum.
Through the use of original footage and contemporary eyewitness testimony, Night Will Fall tells the untold story of Bernstein’s film and reveals the unimaginable devastation that greeted the liberating troops. This powerful documentary reveals how politics and ambition scuppered the production of one of the most extraordinary films of the 20th century and how, 70 years later, Bernstein's original film is finally complete.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director André Singer.
SUNDAY 26TH APRIL - 3:30PM
GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMPS FACTUAL SURVEY + Q&A
Dir: Sidney Bernstein
United Kingdom / 2014 / 88mins
German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (1945/2014)
Director of the restoration: Dr Toby Haggith, Imperial War Museums
The extraordinary, original cut of an ambitious postwar documentary about German concentration camps masterminded by Sidney Bernstein, and restored by the Imperial War Museum. Created by carefully following the original filmmakers’ directions and drawing on seventeen hours of rushes, the museum has for the first time completed the original film, detailing the liberation of German concentration camps.
In 1944 and ‘45, cameramen documented the liberation of German concentration camps. The horrific resulting footage was so powerful and damning that allied propagandists quickly determined that it should be made into a documentary to screen after the war. At the Ministry of Information in London, Sidney Bernstein assembled an expert team that included Alfred Hitchcock, Stewart McAllister and Richard Crossman, with the aim of constructing the footage into a film. But by September 1945, British priorities for Germany had changed and the film was very suddenly shelved, unfinished.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dr Toby Haggith, Director of the Restoration, Imperial War Museum.