NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY2014-2019

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When:

Thu 23 Apr 2015, 6:30pm

Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • All tickets: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

The PumpHouse commemorates Anzac WW100 Gallipoli landings.

This month The PumpHouse honours the troops who served and sacrificed at Gallipoli and other battles of World War One with a special one-night-only screening of the epic war film – All Quiet on the Western Front.

This classic, groundbreaking film released in 1930, was adapted from the best-selling 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque who served in the German infantry in the trenches of the Western Front during WW1. His story was one of the first documents to detail the traumatic effects of trench warfare on the soldiers who survived to tell their tale and since its publication has been recognised as a powerful anti-war testament. So much so that the book was one of the first to be banned and burned by the Nazis who believed that the story made the German army look weak.

In 1990, the All Quiet on the Western Front was selected for preservation by the United States Library of Congress' National Film Registry as being deemed culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.

The evening will commence with a brief talk by members of The Kennedy Park WWII Preservation Trust who have taken on the huge task of restoring the bunkers, gun emplacements and tunnels in an effort to preserve the military heritage of Castor Bay. Sharing their expert historical knowledge provides a nice local context to the evening and brings to mind the direct involvement of local men and women who served in both World Wars.

All Quiet on the Western Front is considered to be one of the greatest war epics ever made and succeeded in placing the viewer in the battlefield so effectively that it became the first film ever to win the Oscar for both best film and best director (Lewis Milestone). Steven Spielberg credited Milestone's work as partial inspiration for Saving Private Ryan.

The PumpHouse was built in 1905 – who knows how many young local builders and bricklayers whose work still stands here by the lake, found themselves in the trenches of the Western Front or on the beaches of Gallipoli a mere 10 years later? A viewing of this film, made at a time in Western history when the pain, loss and threat of war was ever-present and directly affected many families in this community, is to understand why we still look back to their sacrifice with respect and reverence at this time of year. For this event The PumpHouse is waiving the usual booking fee.

All Quiet on the Western Front is rated PG

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