Night Will Fall

In cinemas from 19 September.

André Singer’s documentary features newsreel footage of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45.

When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45, their terrible discoveries were recorded by army and newsreel cameramen, revealing for the first time the full horror of what had happened.

Making use of British, Soviet and American footage, the Ministry of Information’s Sidney Bernstein (later founder of Granada Television) aimed to create a documentary that would provide lasting, undeniable evidence of the Nazis’ unspeakable crimes. He commissioned a wealth of British talent, including editor Stewart McAllister, writer and future cabinet minister Richard Crossman – and, as treatment advisor, his friend Alfred Hitchcock. Yet, despite initial support from the British and US Governments, the film was shelved, and only now, 70 years on, has it been restored and completed by Imperial War Museums. This eloquent, lucid documentary by André Singer (executive producer of the award-winning The Act of Killing) tells the extraordinary story of the filming of the camps and the fate of Bernstein’s project, using original archive footage and eyewitness testimonies. Acclaimed by the 2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest jury, this deeply moving film ‘reveals the power of documentary and why it matters.’

Jane Giles

Venues

2-4 September
Cambridge Film Festival (Preview Screenings)

16 September
Frontline Club London (Preview Screening + Q&A)

17 September
BFI Southbank (Preview Screening + Q&A)

From 19 September
BFI Southbank

19 September
Curzon Soho (+ Q&A)

19-25 September
Everyman Hampstead

19-25 September
Odeon Swiss Cottage

19-25 September
Greenwich Picturehouse

19-25 September
Clapham Picturehouse

19-25 September
Hackney Picturehouse

19-25 September
Ritzy Brixton

19-25 September
Vue Piccadilly

19-25 September
Vue Finchley North

19-25 September
Vue Finchley Road

19-25 September
Vue Islington

19-25 September
Vue Portsmouth

19-25 September
Vue Bristol Cribbs

19-25 September
Vue Plymouth

19-25 September
Vue Watford

19-25 September
Vue Cheshire Oaks

19-25 September
Vue Leeds Light

20-22 September
Cornerhouse Manchester

21 September
Gate Notting Hill (+ Q&A)

21-22 September
MAC Birmingham

26 September-2 October
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

26 September-2 October
Phoenix East Finchley

27 September
IFI Dublin + Q&A

27 September
Branchage Film Festival

27-28 September
Electric Palace Harwich

29 September
Exeter Picturehouse

29 September
Stratford upon-Avon Picturehouse

29 September
Cameo Edinburgh

29 September
Duke’s at Komedia

29 September
Picturehouse at FACT Liverpool

29 September
Stratford East Picturehouse

29 September
Phoenix Oxford

29 September
Harbour Lights Southampton

29 September
City Screen York

29 September
Regal Henley-on-Thames

29 September
Cinema City Norwich

29 September
Little Theatre Bath

29 September
Cameo Edinburgh

29 September

29 September
Duke’s at Komedia

3-9 October
Tyneside Newcastle

3-10 October
IFI Dublin

4-5 October
Corn Exchange, Newbury

4-6 October
National Media Museum Bradford

4-10 October
IFI Dublin

5 October
Saffron Screen

9 October
Robert Burns Centre Dumfries

12-14 October
Errol Flynn Picturehouse

13 October
Arthouse Crouch End

14 October
Abbeygate Picturehouse

15, 19 October
Mareel Shetland

20 October
Rex Berkhamsted

20-23 October
Edinburgh Filmhouse

22-23 October
JW3 Finchley

22-23 October
Belmont Aberdeen

2 November
Eden Court Inverness

3 November
DCA Dundee

6 November
Penarth Pavilion

10 November
Watershed Bristol

11 November
Corn Exchange, Newbury

17 November
Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton

30 November
Rio Dalston

3 December
Norden Farm Centre for Arts Maidenhead

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