This piece below originally appeared on Peter Tammer's blog and is being republished here to hopefully give more attention to Frank Shields' new documentary prior to its forthcoming streaming screenings via the Melbourne Documentatry Film Festival.
Recently I received an email from Frank Shields an old friend I met about 50 years ago. At that time Frank was trying to make a film about Australian soldiers who participated in the Boer War. As luck would have it I was selected to be the sound recordist for some of the interviews which Frank conducted with these fellows who were in their nineties. Then Frank and I met again via Facebook about three years ago, when he told me he was trying to get up another film project which he has recenlty completed: "Remember Belsen".
Frank is unstoppable! Not even Covid and the long periods of the lockdowns could prevent him from making this film. He sent me these notes which were prepared by Carmela Baranowska, a fine young woman whom I taught about 25 years ago when she was a doco student at VCA.
Writer/Director/Producer Frank Shields: A window into the Holocaust...What should we remember? Or, What does Remember Belsen mean? On viewing there will be no doubt about the answer to either question. Will the viewer compare Belsen with Rwanda, Cambodia or even Ukraine. This film will spark debate.' The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
|Frank Shields introduces Remembering Belsen |
at a screening at the Sydney Jewish Museum