A spectacular visual journey along the great Wall of China

IN a rare aerial perspective of the world’s longest man-made monument, ‘A Slow Odyssey: The Great Wall of China’ is filmed in high-definition using a slow-TV style.

This is a spectacular visual journey will fly from the Yellow Sea to the remote Gobi Desert. The film will be shown at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, followed by a question and answer session with its Charmouth-based director, Eric Harwood.

Said to be about 13,000 miles long and dating as far back as a near inconceivable 2,300 years, the UNESCO World-Heritage site has never been captured before as it is in this unique film.

The absence of the expected commentary leaves room for the authentic sounds of each location to reverberate throughout, unobstructed and providing an unprecedented experience for the audience.

The programme showcases 20 locations along the way of one of the world’s most iconic historical monuments. The journey begins at Old Dragon’s Head on the east coast and continues over the famous stone walls, ramparts and watch towers that parallel their mountainous backdrop in their rise and falls.

The film’s dramatic climax to this epic is the Jaiyguan Fortress – once the gateway for the ancient Silk Road trading-route into China.

The film charts both the more familiar image of the Great Wall as well as exploring some of the lesser known areas, providing the audience with an all-encompassing view. Over a third of the entire Great Wall has been destroyed over the last three centuries from war and nature.

This event is raising money for the Uplyme Community Sponsorship Scheme, aiming to resettle, support, and provide a safe-haven for a Syrian refugee family in the local area.

Launched in 2016, the scheme falls under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme in which the government committed to resettle around 20,000 refugees in the UK from camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, and Turkey.

The film screening will be held at the Marine Theatre on Wednesday, November 6 with the bar opening at 6pm for a 7pm start. Tickets cost £6 in advance or £7.50 on the door, available by calling 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com

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