The Lithgow Valley Film Society is presenting an Art Sunday this week titled 'Home by Christmas' (PG, 2009, New Zealand).
A dramatized documentary memoir based on filmmaker Gaylene Preston's interviews with her father about his World War II experiences, it has been reconstructed with actor Tony Barry as Ed Preston.
Weaving strands of poetically imagined drama derived from the original interviews, and a rich trove of archival footage, Preston presents both sides of her parents wartime marriage, the horror and hardship of the war in Africa and Europe, juxtaposed with the loneliness and grief of a young wife struggling with a newborn baby and a husband declared missing.
Ed's audio recording is brilliantly brought to life by Tony Barry, In one of his greatest screen performances.
It will screen on Sunday, December 1 at 2pm at the Main Street cinema.