Just a few days after his arrival in Jersey, the new Lieutenant Governor, Major General Sir Alexander Wilson, has been out and about in public. Not to attend some formal occasion, however, but to see the new film that has been breaking all box office records.
The Battle of the Somme is the British documentary that millions have been to see across the country since its release on 10 August 1916. Shot by cinematographers Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell, it depicts the opening days of the battle in graphic detail. The film includes scenes of British troops marching, artillery firing, trench warfare and soldiers apparently ‘going over the top’. Most harrowing of all are the images of wounded and dead soldiers – something cinema audiences are not used to seeing on the screen.
There has been considerable anticipation of the film arriving in Jersey, with newspaper claims that it will be, ‘the most interesting cinema production ever seen in the Islands’. The Opera House has been taking bookings in advance of the opening night on 9 October. General Wilson chose Wests’ as the place to watch it, however, attending for the evening showing.
A/L1/8 contains a photographic portrait of Major General Sir Alexander Wilson KCB, Lieutenant Governor of Jersey 1916-1920.