|The BBC The Great War series conduct interviews with veterans, 1960's.|
|Cecil Arthur Lewis - in 1914 and in the 1960's|
The Director, , wrote about why he made the series:
More than two years ago, I learned that the Imperial War Museum still had the original interview rushes of The Great War series from 1964, which the BBC had produced in partnership with IWM.
I was intrigued. Having worked on a few similar history series myself – such as Laurence Rees’s The Nazis or Auschwitz – I knew that only a tiny fraction of the recorded interviews would have made it to air.I reckoned many strong and insightful testimonies must have ended on the cutting room floor because they didn’t fit into the series’ narrative or because they were simply too long.
IWM had digital audio files of the interviews and I went through all 280 recordings (more than 50 hours) looking for testimonies about the human experience of the war.
I didn’t want to make I Was There: The Great War Interviews about the military or political history of the war. I wanted to make a film about individual responses to extreme situations.
For more of this interview, click here.