Asunder tells the story of what happened to an English town during World War One with almost all of its men fighting abroad and its women and children left behind.
Using archive and contemporary footage and audio, this film collages the stories of people from Tyneside and Wearside to uncover just what life was like on the home front, with bombs falling on Britain for the first time, conscientious objectors sentenced to death, and women working as doctors, tram conductors and footballers. The narrative moves from an Edwardian golden era, in which sport grew in popularity and aircraft and cars pointed to a bright new future, to a war that horrifically reversed this progress.
Professor Esther Johnson is Principal Lecturer in Film and Media Arts at Sheffield Hallam University. She is an artist and filmmaker working with moving image, audio and photography and won the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Visual and Performing Arts for young scholars in 2012.
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