Network have announced they are set to give the captivating World War II based documentary Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love & War. Matt Pinder‘s fascinating film is set for release next month on Blu-Ray and DVD, today we get a glimpse of the film’s official UK Trailer.
uncovers a fascinating and moving history of the 20th century through the lens of filmmaker Harry Birrell. The man from the neighbouring town of Paisley to go document the streets of 1930s Glasgow to the battlefields of World War II through his photographs…
Narrated by Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Harry Birrell presents Films of Love & War uncovers a fascinating and moving history of the 20th century through the lens of filmmaker Harry Birrell, from the streets of 1930s Glasgow to the battlefields of World War II.
Harry was given his first cine-camera as a boy in 1928 and spent his life recording incidents great and small – his entertaining and errant adventures are recorded in over 400 films, diaries and photographs that were recently brought to life by his granddaughter, Carina Birrell.
His home movies of family events and fine romances now ache with fond nostalgia but Harry’s life was also filled with far away adventures and the film captures a vivid sense of wartime years spent in Bombay, the jungles of Burma and the mountains of Nepal. From commanding a battalion of Gurkhas in the Indian army at the start of the WWII, to a dangerous mission deep behind enemy lines in Burma at the war’s end; from the Ballroom dances of his youth in the 1930s to teaching his children to twist in the 1960s – Harry filmed his whole life with the intimacy of home movies but on the scale of Lawrence of Arabia.
Broadcast on the BBC in 2019, Matt Pinder’s beautifully composed, captivating documentary edits together film footage from across Birrell’s lifetime, delivering one man’s cinematic vision of the 20th century and his own incredible journey through it.
• Interview with Johnny Birrell
• Interview with Anne Birrell
• Interview with Judy Birrell
• London Diary (1939)
• Officer Cadet Training Camp (1940)
• Around Tamu (1944)
• When We Are Young (1959)
• Theatrical trailer
Harry Birrell presents Films of Love & War will be released on Blu-ray and DVD from 28th June.