Film premiere date: Thursday, June 16th 4:30 pm
Location: Monarch Theatre, Medicine Hat, AB.
The Legal Archives Society of Alberta (LASA) is proud to announce the production of its first dramatic short film (22 minutes) called “The Agreement” written and produced by film and television actor Julian Black Antelope: Blackstone, Penny Dreadful, Arctic Air; and directed by award winning director Michael Peterson: The Wilmore Boys, Tiny Plastic Men, Lloyd The Conqueror.
The Agreement is based on archival records relating to Lt. George T. Davidson, a Medicine Hat lawyer who freely gave up a life of privilege and wealth to serve in the trenches during WWI. The story takes an existential look at the feelings and moments of this selfless and courageous figure as he reflects on the events leading up to his enlistment.
SYNOPSIS: In the early morning hours of October 26th 1916 at the Somme battlefront, Lt. George T. Davidson and a non-commissioned officer were sent out to “No Man’s Land” to reconnoiter enemy barb wire entanglements in anticipation of an attack. Displaying courage under fire, Lt. George T. Davidson makes the ultimate self-sacrifice. Based on true-life events, archival meeting minutes of the Medicine Hat Bar Association, are re-enacted as lawyers gathered for a farewell banquet on August 26, 1914 to send-off Davidson embarking overseas. Tragically, his prophetic words come to pass ‘Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori’.* LASA hopes to promote further interest in archival holdings as an inspiration for storytelling, and to bring light to Alberta’s unique WWI story. The short film was shot on location in Calgary and at the historic Lougheed House – a place of WWI significance, owing to patriarch lawyer, Sir James Lougheed who as a Senator and Minister in Prime Minister Borden’s government oversaw the establishment of Veterans Affairs Canada.
Submitted by: Brenda McCafferty
Reviewed by the Lead Team
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*Latin translation: “It is sweet and honorable to die for the fatherland.”