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
André Singer is a documentary producer and anthropologist. He is currently CEO of Spring Films Ltd and is President of The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain. While working at the BBC, he founded and commissioned for the Fine Cut series, now Storyville, working with such international filmmakers as Jean Rouch, Werner Herzog, DB Pennebaker, Bob Drew and Fred Wiseman. He has been responsible in an executive or producer role for hundreds of documentary productions for cinema and television including the Oscar nominated Prisoner of Paradise, Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine and The Wild Blue Yonder (Werner Herzog). Since 1992, Singer has worked with Herzog as a producer or Executive producer on eight productions including Into the Abyss (2011). He was also Executive Producer on the multi-award winning documentaries by Joshua Oppenheimer The Act of Killing (2012) and The Look of Silence (2014).
"Compelling, 5 STARS" - David Parkinson, Empire
"Incredibly moving" - Stephen Fry
Honorable Mention: Sheffield Doc/Fest