Director Geoffrey Sykes to screen documentary WW1 War Memorials of Australia in Thirroul

Illawarra film-maker Geoffrey Sykes will be screening his latest documentary about war at Thirroul Community Centre ahead of Anzac Day on April 21.

“It explores the events of 1918 as well as life after the war. It is a homage to the 5000 memorials that criss-cross this continent, but it uses these as signposts to aspects of life during and after the war,” Sykes said.

The film portrays the experiences of ex-soldiers and communities through selected expert interviews, archival images and footage, re-enactments, and visits to 100 memorials across Australia.

The film features the Thirroul and other South Coast memorials, with interviews with locals Kerrie Christian, Christine Hill, Mark Edwell and Horrie Howard (RSL) appearing, along with national experts including Stephen Garton, Peter FitzSimons, Darren Mitchell, Jen Roberts, and Peter Stanley.

Richard Jones from Thirroul’s Immersion Imagery was also involved with the project.

The documentary was funded by Federal Government through the Anzac Centenary Fund.

WW1 War Memorials of Australia, Thirroul Community Centre Saturday April 21, 8pm. – bookings (and inquiries) can be made to filmsouth1@gmail.com or at the door. Tickets are $10.