Film premiere of Smith in Malaya by Paul Antick

  • When? 20 April 2023 - 20 April 2023 , 18:00 - 20:30
  • Where? Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton is delighted to be hosting the film premiere of Smith in Malaya by Paul Antick in the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Thursday 20 April.

Following the screening will be a discussion with Paul Antick, Sebastian Groes (English Literature, Wolverhampton), Rosalind Parr (History, University of Wolverhampton), Russell Prior (Film and TV, University of Wolverhampton) and award-winning writer Neal Ascherson who served as a British soldier during the Malayan Emergency. The film’s narrator, actor Raymond Waring (No Time to Die; 28 Weeks Later; 24 Hour Party People), will also join this special occasion.

In 2012 — 64 years after British soldiers shot dead twenty-four unarmed Chinese rubber tappers near the village of Batang Kali in Malaya (now Malaysia) — photographer Smith and citizen anthropologist Willing visit the site of the old plantation with members of the Batang Kali Action Committee. Transcultural and experimental, the film tells Willing’s story about the horrifying events that took place in 1948, including a series of fictional incidents involving a photograph album compiled by Smith’s father, who served as a British soldier in Malaya between 1950 and 1953.

Smith in Malaya was financially supported by the Memory Network, an AHRC and Wellcome Trust funded research network that brings together scholars, scientists, artists and writers engaged in rethinking the role of memory in the twenty-first century.