Church produces film drama for Remembrance


Members of St. George’s Church in Sevenoaks Weald, have written and produced a short film drama as part of their involvement in a national art installation for Remembrance called, ‘There But Not There’.

The ‘There But Not There’ initiative will see silhouettes of First World War ‘Tommies’ placed in churches and other public spaces across the country, eighteen of which will be present in St. George’s over the Remembrance weekend.

The short drama ‘Distance’ was inspired by a poem written by Elizabeth Miller and was filmed in the village. Church members were fully involved, from writing, filming and acting in the film; the screenplay was written by the vicar, Revd Mandy Carr, and the music was composed by Julia Downing, the church’s Director of Music.

Read a blog about the film on the Rochester Arts in Mission website here

Speaking about how the film was produced, Revd Mandy Carr said:

“ ‘Distance’ has been a collaborative project using the talents and generosity of local people. It represents a common story across the country where young men volunteered or were called up to serve their country in the First World War, never to return. 

“With eighteen figures representing the Fallen sitting in our pews for Remembrance weekend, we wanted to create a narrative around them that other communities could also relate to.  Although the film, is very sad, we also wanted it to be about love, hope, longing and what makes us human in a dehumanising environment.  We hope it will be used widely during the Commemoration period.’ 

When a young man, Tom (played by Matthew Carr) is called up to serve his country leaving his pregnant wife behind(played by Katie Beddoe), the only connection they have is their letter-writing.

What unfolds is a poignant story which brings home the cost of war for families and communities and gives substance to the names that are read out in Remembrance services every year.  With this year’s ‘There But Not There’ figures present for many of these events it will create an even closer connection.

The film will be available to view in St. George’s Church during the Remembrance weekend. It is also available for others to use, including churches and schools, who might like to use it as they prepare for Remembrance.

Downloaded the film from Vimeo here:

More resources for Remembrance can be found here

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