Film Screening | The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Event time: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 2:00pm
Description: 
Directed by David Lean, this epic war film (rated PG; 161 minutes), which won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, tells the story of British prisoners at a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Burma, where they are forced to build a railway bridge over the river Kwai to connect Bangkok and Rangoon. The British Colonel who cooperates in overseeing his men’s construction of the bridge does not realize the Allies plan to destroy it.
 
Eileen Hogan painted British veteran Alistair Urquhart in 2014, at the request of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Urquhart had served with the Gordon Highlanders in Singapore until he was captured by the Japanese in 1942. Kept as a prisoner of war until 1945, Urquhart survived both the infamous “death railway” depicted in the film, as well as the atom bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.
 
Venue: 
Lecture Hall
Space is limited
(This venue is wheelchair accessible)
Admission: 
Free
Open to: 
General Public
Related exhibition: 
Eileen Hogan: Personal Geographies