Screening of In Which We Serve


In Which We Serve
Dir: David Lean, Noel Coward
UK / 1942 / 116min / English / DCP / Rating TBC

Developed as propaganda to boost morale in Blitz-weary Britain, In Which We Serve features the impressive directorial debuts of playwright Noel Coward and David Lean (Brief Encounter, Lawrence of Arabia). Inspired by the exploits of Captain Lord Mountbatten (re-written as Captain Kinross and played by Coward himself), who was in command of the celebrated HMS Kelly when it was sunk by the Germans during the Battle of Crete. Patriotic, yet humanistic in its approach, the film was received rapturously by the Allies upon its initial release in 1942. After the end of war, it continued to be screened by the British during their Victory Parade Day celebrations around the world.

This film is part of the war film programme Witness to War: Memories and Screens, organised by the National Museum of Singapore as part of the Witness to War exhibition and curated by the Asian Film Archive.

About Witness to War: Memories and Screen

The memories of World War Two have been captured, interpreted and presented in various films – from iconic war films like Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence to romance films such as Hiroshima Mon Amour and historically significant films like Momotaro, Sacred Sailors and Spirit of the Overseas Chinese which have not been seen in Singapore in recent history. For the first time, the National Museum, in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive, will be presenting Witness to War: Memories and Screens, a selection of films which document and remember the experience of World War Two in the Pacific and its aftermath.

In tracing the historical development from the bombing of Pearl Harbour (1941) to Hiroshima (1945), Memories and Screens will showcase films and narratives from Singapore and Malaya, Britain, Japan, America and Singapore’s regional neighbours, accounting for the diverse yet shared narratives of countries and people that have participated in and witnessed World War Two. This film programme –inspired by the exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 – invites us to reflect upon the ways film across national borders remembers a shared history that continues to shape our reality today.
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Sun Jan 14, 2018
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Witness to War: Remembering 1942