Calling Blighty: Sheffield Showroom, 26th March 2:30 pm

A selection of footage from the Calling Blighty series of films, showing servicemen from South Yorkshire and York, will be shown at a special screening at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield on Sunday 26th March.

These rare and unseen films show the men sending filmed messages home from India and Burma at the end of WW2. The films were screened at local cinemas in 1944-5 to wives, mothers and sweethearts back home as a way of increasing morale; a sort of one way Skype of their day, they are remarkable and moving documents. 

In collaboration with the North West Film Archive, YFA was able to preserve these film which include the messages of 150 Sheffield soldiers and 40 York soldiers.

Professor Steve Hawley of Manchester Met University has traced some of the families of the men in the films and they have been invited to this unique screening, to meet other families of men of the “Forgotten Army”, fighting far from home where leave was impossible and conditions were harsh.

This recreated screening, and specially made film of the Calling Blighty messages, will echo those from over 70 years ago, where the audience will mix tears with laughter seeing their men speak of their love for their families and thoughts of local landmarks.

Tickets are available from the Showroom website.