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Halifax Great War Heritage Society present

Dawn + Live Piano Score

Fri 25 Oct, 7:45pm at Red Brick Auditorium

Tickets: £10 , approx running time: 96min

Age: PG

Director: Herbert Wilcox

Country: UK

Year: 1928

Cast: Sybil Thorndike, Ada Bodart, Gordon Craig

Featuring live Piano accompaniment from Darius Battiwalla and an introduction from historian Peter Liddle.

Dame Sybil Thorndyke stars as nurse Edith Cavell in this controversial silent film telling of her true story. Working as a nurse in German-occupied Belgium during WWI, Cavell helps a deserter to escape. She realizes that many soldiers need her help to flee and proceeds to assist them, despite grave risk to herself. Thorndyke delivers a terrific performance as the Norwich-born nurse who became one of the Great War’s most controversial martyrs, alongside a cast including Madame Bodart, one of the women who actually assisted Cavell in Belgium in 1915.

Refused a certificate when originally submitted to the British censor, Dawn was eventually released in 1929. It was remade by the director 10 years later as the Oscar-nominated Nurse Edith Cavell, starring Anna Neagle.

We are bringing a rare screening of this silent classic to the big screen at Square Chapel.

With thanks to Halifax Business Improvement District for their generous support.