Using film narratives to understand the topography of The Battle of The Somme July 1st 1916

About this project

Supported by HEIF funding and Erasmus, the aim is to bring history alive and to the classroom and museums to educate using film narratives and image to support traditional history texts and narrative forms.

Associate Professor Fiona Graham uses conversational interview methods to create a narrative to understand the physical locations of World War One, with unique access to French battlefields on the Battle of the Somme.

Supported by Erasmus, this film aims to educate by following a young British tourist in conversation with Colin Winn, battlefield historian and tunnelling expert.

Directed by Graham with camera operator Paul Ottey, the film creates a new perspective of the battle from specific locations from the first day of the battle in 1916.

Lead researcher

Fiona Graham

Associate Professor

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer and Producer, with a background as a factual documentary producer/director and television studio producer. Fiona has a background in print journalism, BBC radio and television including BBC1, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, STV…

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Associated researcher

Paul Ottey

Senior Lecturer

Paul developed his passion for film and moving image during the video boom of the 1980's consuming a wide range of mainstream and more obscure and alternative films with a particular love of low budget B movie horror. His practical and technical…

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