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Film, Sun 5 Nov 2017, £5

Brangwyn Hall

Brangwyn Hall


Battle of the Ancre: Silent film with live orchestral accompaniment, followed by roundtable discussion.

The film - The Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the Tanks (1917) is a little known masterpiece of British non-fiction cinema that documents the winter stages of the Somme campaign on the Western Front, the sequel to the famous Battle of the Somme (1916), which covers the opening phase of the campaign.

The Music - In 1916 and 1917, screenings of the 'Somme' and 'Ancre' were accompanied by musicians playing a selection of stirring, patriotic tunes. The 'official medleys' for both films were revived by the Imperial War Museum, however, although the medleys provide insight into the way these battle films were first received, to make the films more accessible to modern audiences, new music was commissioned from Laura Rossi, and it is her intelligent and moving composition that was recorded to accompany the restored version of the 'Ancre', which received its premiere at the 56th BFI London Film Festival.

The venue - It is fitting that this screening of Ancre should take place in the Brangwyn Hall, home of the British Empire Panels which were commissioned in 1924 as a means of commemorating the First World War. Brangwyn, who had worked as an official war artist, chose to create a "decorative painting representing various Dominions and parts of the British Empire", and five finished panels were displayed in 1930. The work was completed in 1932, but the House of Lords had already rejected it as too colourful and spirited. Swansea was in the process of erecting its new Guildhall, which included a large assembly hall. The ceiling of this room was raised in order to show off the panels, and the building was inaugurated in 1934.

Tickets for this event are available from the box office 0333 666 3366, from the venue on the day, subject to availability and at

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 5 Nov 2017 15:00


Ticket Price: £5.00. Students and under 18s free.


Box Office

0333 666 3366


The Guildhall,



Plan route to Brangwyn Hall using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SS 643924  Lat: 51.61402 Long: -3.96128

From Swansea City Centre take the Oystermouth Road (A4067); after a row guest houses on your
right, filter right, turn right and right again onto Guildhall Road South (B4290). At the mini-roundabout, Brangwyn Hall is ahead and to your left, the Foreshore pay and display car park is on your right.

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Swansea station


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