Winning the war: Hurst, Film and Propaganda

Winning the war: Hurst, Film and Propaganda

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, NIWM is screening the 1939 film The Lion Has Wings throughout the week beginning Monday 2nd September 2019.

The Lion Has Wings (1939) was directed by Belfast-born Brian Desmond Hurst. NIWM is working with the Brian Desmond Hurst Estate to highlight his films on conflict and the role of propaganda and film making during the Second World War. This is the first in a series of screenings planned to take place over the coming years.

NIWM have also produced a commemorative booklet about the production of The Lion Has Wings with Allan Esler Smith, great-nephew of Brian Desmond Hurst. The booklet will be available to all visitors and a digital copy can be downloaded below.

The Lion Has Wings was to be the first film output from British studios in the Second World War. It propelled recruitment into the Royal Air Force (RAF) and helped keep cinemas open when air raids threatened their closure.

During these events, NIWM will also display a small exhibition of original material from the estate of Brian Desmond Hurst.

The dates and times of the screenings are as below:

Monday 2nd September at 2pm

Tuesday 3rd September at 2.30pm

Wednesday 4th September at 1.40pm *Special Introduction* by Alderman Marion Smith and Bob Hurst, great niece and nephew of Brian Desmond Hurst, who will explain Hurst’s East Belfast roots, his journey to Hollywood via Gallipoli (with the Royal Irish Rifles) and his prolific war film output.

Thursday 5th September at 2pm

Friday 6th September at 2pm

Free Admission. Refreshments will be served.

The Lion Has Wings Trailer produced by Caitlin V Smith
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