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Perspectives on war: poetry and film

Perspectives on war: poetry and film

Date & Time

April 23, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Join us to start the Anzac weekend with a selection of significant war poems and a screening of Kubrick’s film classic, Paths of Glory (1957).

Free event – all welcome.





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Image credits: Bryna Productions, Paths of Glory (1957), field of poppies photo by Matt Senior via Unsplash.


Join us to start the Anzac weekend with a selection of significant war poems and a screening of Kubrick’s film classic, Paths of Glory (1957). The poems will be read by members of the SMSA Poetry Group.

Discuss the poetry readings over a cup of tea and an Anzac biscuit before settling down in the Theatre to watch the film.


About the Film

Paths of Glory (1957)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

War/Drama | English | 88 mins | M

Starring ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris and Richard Anderson

After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.

Event Outline

  1. Introduction (Winsome Allen & Lesley Scanlon)
  2. Encouraging enlistment: Harry Julius cartoons for WW1
  3. War (and Anti-War) Poetry:
    • Shakespeare, The St Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V, Act 4 scene 3 – Geoffrey Usher
    • Wilfred Owen, “Dulce et Decorum Est” (and a view of Anzac day) – Peter Krinks
    • Henry Reed, “The Naming of Parts” (and life in the Air Force) – Thomas Thorpe
    • ee cummings, “plato told” – Peter Rainey
    • Roger McGough, “Mother the Wardrobe is Full of Infantrymen” – Peter Rainey
    • Bruce Dawe, “Homecoming” – Kate Lumley
    • “That Story I Told” – written and read by Kate Lumley
  1. Interval – afternoon tea served in the foyer
  2. Paths of Glory screening with a brief introduction by Peter Rainey (handout on film and Kubrick also available)


This event will be held in person at our newly renovated Henry Carmichael Theatre (formerly known as the Mitchell Theatre), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street Sydney.

Registration to attend this event is essential due to limited capacity (as per COVID-19 safety regulations). 


Should NSW Health rules change in relation to reduced venue capacity, we reserve the right to cancel your registration and will contact you if this is the case.

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Date & Time

April 23, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm


Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

Henry Carmichael Theatre

280 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

Level 1


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