A FILM screening at Chichester Cathedral will mark the centenary of the first world war.
In conjunction with the cinema at New Park, the cathedral will host a screening of Derek Jarman’s critically-acclaimed Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.
The film has no spoken dialogue and only used the words Britten used which were taken from poetry by Wilfrid Owen.
Jarman tells the story of an English soldier and his nurse – who later becomes his wife – as they try to live their lives during the inescapable horrors and loss of the first world war.
Shot in 1988, with the 1963 recording of War Requiem as the soundtrack, the film features moving performances from Nathaniel Parker, Tilda Swinton as the nurse and Laurence Olivier, in his final screen role, as the Unknown Soldier.
The event will take place at 9pm tonight and tickets are available on 01243 813595. More details can be found at www.chichestercathedral.org.uk
The cathedral is also set to host a family fun event, Curious Creatures. Children can discover the creatures around the cathedral – before collecting a prize from the cloisters shop.
Parents and children can also drop in on a workshop and spend time creating a stick puppet creature or making a brass rubbing of a dragon, griffin or unicorn.
This family event is part of Chichester Cathedral’s activities programme and the drop-in session will take place in the Cathedral’s Vicars’ Hall. Activities are suitable for children aged three to 12 years and there is a £1.50 fee per child.
It takes place on Friday, August 29, 10.30am-2.30pm.