Passchendaele, with producer Francis Damberger in attendance, will screen on November 5 as the next film in the monthly Movie Monday series at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.
A labour of love for Damberger and director/writer/star Paul Gross, this 2009 film recounting the story of Canadian soldier Michael Dunne at the Battle of Passchendaele was largely shot in southern Alberta. The event at the Citadel’s Zeidler Theatre will begin with a short documentary (TBA) at 7:05 PM, followed by an introduction by Damberger, then the feature and finally a Q&A with the producer after the screening. This film was chosen to mark the 100th Anniversary of the armistice that brought WWI to an end. THe film is also thematically paired with the Citadel’s presentation of the new Canadian play Redpatch, running from November 1st to 11th. Redpatch, written by Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver, tells the story of a Métis soldier from Vancouver Island who finds himself on the front lines in World War One. Over 4,000 Indigenous men volunteered for service in that war.