Asunder tells the story of what happened to an English town during the First World War, with almost all of its men fighting abroad and its women and children left behind. The North East was in the front line, due to its shipyards and munitions factories. Using archive and contemporary footage and audio, Asunder collages the stories of people from Tyneside and Wearside to uncover what life was like on the home front, with bombs falling on Britain for the first time, conscientious objectors sentenced to death, and women working as doctors, tram conductors and footballers.
Director Esther Johnson will be talking about her use of archive footage in the Make Film History: Unlocking the Creative Potential of Film Archives workshop on Saturday 27 March at 13:00. The Make Film History project makes available archive films from the BBC, BFI National Archive, Irish Film Institute and Northern Ireland Screen for educational use by young filmmakers. Using examples from Johnson’s own films and Make Film History collection, the workshop will demonstrate the rich potential of using archive footage in developing fresh work. Anyone booking on to this workshop will receive a free ticket to watch Asunder.