• Catherine Mountain

Armistice

Updated: Mar 10

A film of the spectacular projection-mapping event in memory of Armistice. The film reached the hearts of many and was a first to be projected spectacularly on this fantastic building.



Take 17 minutes of your time to see:


They are remembered, begins with a siren, an air raid is coming - before it blacks out to the sound of 'Mars' the bringer of war, composed by local composer Gustav Holst.


But - this event is not about explosions, it includes poetry, rap, spoken word, narrative, a VAD hospital experience and original letters sent from service men who lost their lives in the First World War.


We tried to depict a genuine and human exploration of WW1 in a way that would resonate with young people. We didn't want to reproduce black and white footage which is sometimes not accessible to people in the modern world - which is why we included rap and poetry and specifically didn't use existing footage. This project needed to be new and still represent the years before.


It's emotive, it's definitely powerful and touches our hearts, bringing to life the memory of the armistice in a totally unique way. Just making this was emotive. We met many people where the armistice touched their hearts.


The soundtrack is totally original and was written and produced by Composer Tim Mountain. We draw your attention to the ending scenes where we play, 'Ascension' which really does bring home the heartfelt loss of the fallen. Lest we forget.


Poetry was composed by local people, for example, My Horse was written and narrated by Evenlode Films' Producer Catherine Mountain after a day of filming the local riding school. It was about imagining that your horse went to war. They weren't all trained. They were horses of people and the people who lived in local towns and communities.


George Cooper, an aspiring philosopher, wrote 'The Unknown Warrior, which we see in the animated line drawings of nurses and soldiers in this video, narrated by both, slightly disjointed to symbolise their different views and perceptions of their same lived experience. Isolated, yet joined together in the discourse. Then we hear the rap of 'Tommy', written and narrated by JPDL who is one of the most prolific spoken word artists from this area and who we feel absolutely captures the soldiers on the ground. Totally brave. It was a really challenging piece of work, immersing yourself into times gone by and re-imagining for todays' audience.


The script was written and edited by Catherine Mountain. Local people, local voices, local stories.


Thank you to all involved. This was something that tore many apart, but 100 years later, brought many together.





In Flanders Fields




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#cheltenhamremembers #evenlodeproductions

#catherinemountain




All Music Copyrights. Tim Mountain

Ascension: ISRC: QZHN72191571

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