Wednesday, May 16, 2012

TIFF Film - Billy Bishop goes to War

Tickets are $8.00 or purchase a 4-movie pass for $25/person.
Tickets and passes may be purchased through the Gallery.


BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR
Thursday, May 17 @ 7pm
Director:   Barbara Willis-Sweete
Cast:   Eric Peterson, John Gray
Run Time:   86 minutes
Year:   2011
Country:   Canada
Language:   English


First World War flying ace Billy Bishop was born in Owen Sound, Ontario. He grew up a fighter, though not much of a team player; his preference for more solitary pursuits was perhaps a sign of things to come. At fifteen he built his first airplane out of cardboard, wood and string. At seventeen he entered the Royal Military College of Canada, where he was deemed a “convicted liar, a cheat and the worst student — the bottom of the barrel.” Nonetheless, he would soon reach the top of his military vocation. Over the course of the war, Bishop shot down seventy-two enemy planes, ultimately becoming the Royal Flying Corps’ most honoured member.  As we continue to struggle with questions about our country’s military presence abroad, this intelligent exploration of a life defined by conflict prompts us to re-examine current events in a broader historical context.

TIFF Films are shown at the Gallery as a collaborative effort between the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Grimsby Public Library.

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