A film by Esther Johnson, written by Bob Stanley, and narrated by Kate Adie and Alun Armstrong, Asunder tells the story of what happened to a quintessential British town during the First World War, with virtually all of its men abroad fighting and its women and children left behind.

The North East was in the front line, thanks to its shipyards and munitions factories. Using archive and contemporary footage and audio, this documentary reveals the stories of people from Tyneside and Wearside and uncovers 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 and tram conductors.

DocDays screening: Director Esther Johnson and writer Bob Stanley (St Etienne, How We Used to Live, author of Yeah Yeah Yeah) join us for our documentary strand. Thursday 7 December 6.45pm, Curzon Soho.

Asunder is co-commissioned by Sunderland Cultural Partnership and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sunderland Business Improvement District, Culture Bridge North East and Sir James Knott Trust.


Esther Johnson


Kate Adie, Alun Armstrong

Running Time:

72 minutes


Advised 15
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