Coventry on Film

Coventry on Film: from ‘a heap of broken images’

Introduced by Peter Walters and John Gore

Fri 9 Nov, 7.30pm

Woods-Scawen Room

Warwick Arts Centre

Through this specially selected programme of films, Coventry’s journey is traced: from its destruction in November 1940 to the present day.  Films include J.B. Priestly’s “The Heart of Britain”, “A City Reborn” and Basil Spence, “Building the Cathedral”. As well as the city’s physical reconstruction, these films together illuminate the resilience and adaptability of the people of Coventry.

£9 (£7.50). To book, go to: warwickartscentre.co.uk

Walter Ashworth image
“The City Centre, 1941 (Coventry)” 1941 Watercolour on paper Walter Ashworth (1883-1952) 590mm x 770mm ‘Image courtesy of the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.’

This promises to be a fascinating evening that will link to the current Journeys with “The Waste Land” exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum with life and changes in the city of Coventry.

The films have been selected by John Gore and will be introduced by Coventry writer and historian Peter Walters.

One of the main themes of the exhibition selected by the community research group to interpret T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land” was ‘journeys’, and this is especially relevant to the selection included in the evening Coventry on Film.  These illustrate the changes in the city of Coventry and the area since the bombing raid and destruction in November 1940 to the present day.  As well as the physical reconstruction the films illuminate the resilience and adaptability of Coventry’s population and the impact of change on the city’s current and future identity.

T.S. Eliot’s poem written in 1921 following the devastation of the First World War provides links with Coventry, its people their families and also to other cities devastated by war from Troy to Raqqa.

“These fragments I have shored against my ruins.”       Line 430

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