Friday 3 November @ 8.15pm | Arc Cinema| $16/13
1944 | CTC | 83 mins| UK | D: Pat Jackson
CIFF is proud to present the premiere of a new digital restoration prepared by the Imperial War Museum, London.
Acclaimed on release in the UK and US as the finest of British wartime naval dramas, this suspenseful drama follows the battle of wits between a German U-boat and a life-boat full of seamen stranded after their Merchant Navy ship is sunk. Incredibly filmed at sea in a lifeboat with a Technicolor camera the size of a refrigerator, with an entire cast of serving officers and seamen instead of professional actors, it is the extraordinary first feature by youthful documentary director, Pat Jackson. Impossible to make today because of OH&S regulations, the film is beautifully shot by one of the great British cameramen, Jack Cardiff, aided by an evocative and lyrical score by the sadly neglected film composer, Clifton Parker.
Preceded by A SEAMAN’S STORY (13 mins)