A Film and History Break – 24th to 28th November 2019 2019-09-24T14:56:04+00:00
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A Film and History Break – presented by Ian Garden

Telling Lies during war-time”

Film and media propaganda during World War Two

From Sunday 24th November until Thursday 28th November 2019

Fake news is nothing new and was used to great effect during World War Two.

The general assumption is that the Allies were the ‘good guys’ and always told the truth in their feature film and media coverage while the Germans were masters at propaganda and always told lies. Following on from the success of his two books on the subject, Ian Garden has produced an enthralling film and lecture course which explodes many of these myths and reveals how both sides used the press and the cinema for propaganda purposes.

On the Allied side, the course will include a fascinating presentation on the hidden secrets behind the film ‘Casablanca’ and feature full screenings of the classic films ‘Mrs Miniver’ and ‘Went the Day Well?’. Equally interesting is a talk on the nature of Nazi film propaganda and the screening of the lavish German colour epic – ‘Baron Münchhausen’. Released in 1943 it is full of glorious special effects and was as entertaining as anything being produced by Hollywood at the time. Finally, the course examines how key information was hidden from the public about such key events as The Dambusters’ Raid and the Battle for Stalingrad, and there is also an opportunity to see newsreel coverage by both sides of a key event from the war – allowing you to judge for yourself which side was being more truthful.

Ian is certain that you will find this break entertaining and informative and that you will be surprised by many of his findings.

The full programme is below.

DAY 1 – Sunday 24th November

So as to make the most of your day, feel free to arrive any time from 2pm.

Onwards to take advantage of all the facilities at the hotel. Complimentary tea, coffee, and biscuits will be available in the main lounge – please just help yourself.

6.00 pm

The first organised activity will be a drinks reception. This will give you the chance to meet your hosts from the Barony Castle, your tutor, Ian Garden – as well as your fellow guests. Ian will give a short introduction about what is planned for you over the next few days.

6.30pm – 8.00pm

A four course dinner will be served in the restaurant, followed by coffee, tea, and shortbread in the lounge.

DAY 2 – Monday 25th November

7.00am – 9.30am

A full Scottish breakfast will be served in the restaurant

From 10.00am – morning session

‘Play it again Sam’ – The fascinating secrets behind the classic 1942 film Casablanca

Illustrated with clips and stills from the Casablanca film, this talk explains the background to the making of this famous propaganda film, uncovers little known truths about the cast and plot, and reveals why as  late as 1980 only a much shorter and heavily censored version was ever allowed to be screened in West Germany.

From 12.30pm  – Buffet lunch

From 2pm – afternoon session

Mrs Minivertalk and screening of this famous 1942 film

Set in war-time Britain, but shot in America, this film did more than any other to bring the American public in on the side of the British, albeit its portrayal of a typical English family was rather wide of the mark and made the film far less popular in Britain. It stars Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon and it was MGM’s most financially successful film up until that time.

Prior to screening Ian will give an illustrated introduction to the film and, post-screening, he will explain much more about the film’s background and interesting details about the cast.

From 6.00pm

A pre-dinner glass of Sherry.

From 6.30pm – 8.30pm

A four course dinner will be served in the restaurant , followed by coffee, tea, and shortbread in the lounge.

DAY 3 – Tuesday 26th November

7.00am – 9.30am

A full Scottish breakfast will be served in the restaurant

From 10.00am – morning session

Exploding the myths about German film propaganda during the years that Hitler was in power

Ian will use this session to discredit a number of myths which have arisen about Nazi film production over the years. First, far from being masters of propaganda they often made mistakes and, second, not everything they said was a lie. This illustrated talk will include clips from the 1936 Olympia film as well as amusing and serious scenes from one of the most anti-British films ever made, namely, Ohm Krüger.

Rest of morning free to enjoy facilities at Barony Castle.

From 12.30pm – Buffet lunch

From 2pm – afternoon session

Münchhausen  – talk followed by screening of this entertaining 1943 adventure film about the life of Baron Münchhausen

Produced to celebrate 25 years of the existence of UFA, Germany’s great film production company, this colour epic illustrates the largely fictional adventures of the infamous Baron Münchhausen. Just why Goebbels should choose this subject for such an important film remains unclear but it did provide an excuse for the German film industry to show that – even in the midst of the war – Germany could still produce anything as extravagant as was being produced by Hollywood and, for its time, the special effects were really quite remarkable.

From 6.00pm

A pre-dinner Sherry.

From 6.30pm – 8.30pm

A four course dinner will be served in the dining-room, followed by coffee, tea, and shortbread in the lounge.

DAY 4 – Wednesday 27th November

7.00am – 9.30am

A full Scottish breakfast will be served in the restaurant.

From 10.00am – morning session

‘Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the Government can play’ – Joseph Goebbels

By examining key events in the war such as The Dambusters’ Raid, the Artic Convoys and Stalingrad, Ian explains how both sides manipulated the truth for their own purposes with techniques ranging from telling total lies to simply refusing to report any unpalatable truths whatsoever.  This session will include fascinating newsreel coverage by both sides of The Dieppe Raid. It would be hard to realise that both sides were describing the event and the audience will be polled to see which side they think was more truthful.

Rest of morning free to enjoy facilities at Barony Castle.

From 12.30pm – Buffet lunch

From 2pm – afternoon session

Brief introduction to the nature and workings of Britain’s and Germany’s respective Ministries of Information.

Went the day Well? – talk followed by screening of this ground-breaking 1942 film

Based on a Graham Greene short story and directed by Alberto Cavalcanti the plot revolves around the landing of German paratroopers – disguised as British Tommies –  in an English village in advance of a full scale German invasion. It is a true classic and was obviously the forerunner of  the famous 1977 film,  The Eagle has Landed.

Prior to screening Ian will give an illustrated introduction about how the film came to be made and, post-screening, he will explain just why its content was considered so controversial at the time.

From 6.00pm

A pre-dinner glass of bubbly.

From 6.30pm – 8.30pm

A four course dinner will be served in the restaurant, followed by coffee, tea, and shortbread in the lounge.

DAY 5 – Thursday 28th November

7.00am – 10.00am

A full Scottish breakfast will be served in the restaurant.

Farewell from Ian and all the team at Barony and look forward to your next Barony special occasion.

The complete package inclusive of all the above is £399 per person – guests wishing to stay extra nights before or after are entitled to a special rate of £95 per person per night including breakfast and dinner.

Contact us on 01721 730 395 to book or email general@baronycastle.com

About Barony Castle Hotel

Front view of Barony CastleIn 1412 George Murray (cousin of the 6th Earl of Sutherland) moved to Eddleston Valley acquiring the lands left vacant by the Black Death. He built several fortified houses in the valley including Dearne Halle (Darnhall) in 1420. In 1504 Darnhall was a Scott’s Baronial house when King James IV confiscated the lands and gave them to John Murray of Falahill.

Darnhall was rebuilt in 1536 into an impressive fortified house which stayed in the Murray family (also known as the Elibank family) and was remodelled in 1709 into the Jacobean style we see today. The Elibank-Murrays sold Darnhall in 1926 when it became the Black Barony hotel.

During the Second World War Barony Castle was occupied by Polish soldiers and used as a Polish Officers training camp. As a mark of gratitude to the warm welcome, some 30 years after the end of the war, they created the three-dimensional concrete scale model of Scotland within the grounds. Unfortunately, The Great Polish Map of Scotland fell into disrepair after the building was converted to a hotel the early eighties. A full refurbishment of the map is was completed by MAPA Scotland who secured Heritage Lottery funding for the restoration and now proudly present it for your viewing.

The Barony Castle Hotel offers you 25 acres of wonderful grounds to explore including hidden gems such as the Yew tree walk, Altar and Gazebo, Leisure facilities with a pool, sauna and gym, plus a selection of lounges, the Blue Dug bar and the renowned “1563” restaurant. A comfortable bed and great hospitality awaits you to relax, learn and enjoy.

About Ian Garden

Born in Muir of Ord and brought up in Linlithgow and Edinburgh.

Ian is a French and German Honours graduate from the University of St Andrews who spent much of his life working in International and Corporate Banking, firstly for the Bank of Scotland and then HBOS.

He opened the Bank’s first office in Germany in 1993 and it was during his three year posting to Frankfurt that he really had an opportunity to indulge his interest in WW2 film propaganda.

On retiring from the Bank in 2008, Ian researched and wrote a book called The Third Reich’s Celluloid War which was published by the History Press in 2012, and raised considerable interest from the press and the radio both in this country and abroad. In 2016, Ian launched a second book – Battling with the Truth– which explores which side was more truthful in their newsreel and press coverage of key events in WW2 and it reveals a number of surprising findings.

Ian is now a recognised authority on war film propaganda and gives regular talks to universities, Rotary, Probus and other private clubs and art groups around the UK, and he has also given a number of lectures in the United States. His sessions at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2012 and 2016 were both sold out on the first day that tickets went on sale.

As a result of the success of his books and talks, Ian now also runs a twice weekly film course on different aspects of war film propaganda at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh over six weeks each spring, and runs film/history courses at different venues across the UK.

More information about Ian and his interests can be found on his web-site iangarden.co.uk

Offer Details

A Film and History Break
Fully inclusive 4 night package
£399
per person

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