Following overwhelming feedback to the premiere at Sunderland Empire in July 2016, we are pleased to announce a programme of community screenings of Asunder from early 2017. The screenings will take place in venues throughout the North East which have some connection to the stories in the film.
Using archive and contemporary footage, Asunder collages the stories of people from Tyneside and Wearside to uncover just 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. The narrative moves from an Edwardian golden era, in which sport grew in popularity and aircraft and cars pointed to a bright new future, to a war that horrifically reversed this progress.
A film by Esther Johnson with a live soundtrack composed by Sunderland’s Mercury-nominated Field Music and Newcastle’s Warm Digits, performed with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and The Cornshed Sisters. The narration for the film is voiced by journalist Kate Adie, with the actor Alun Armstrong as the voice of the Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette. Asunder is Creatively Produced by Bob Stanley; acclaimed musician, journalist, writer and member of best-selling pop band St Etienne.
The screenings take place on: