Wednesday 13 May 2020

A video call from Burma during the Second World War

A video call from Burma during the Second World War

This film is from an extraordinary collection called Calling Blighty, in which Armed Forces personnel stationed in India and the Far East during the Second World War recorded messages to be sent back home. Here the Brighton Boys stationed in Burma are given around 10 seconds each to record their message. It’s one of curator Michelle Kirby’s favourites from the IWM’s archives, and one that particularly resonates with our situation during the Covid-19 global crisis, with many people turning to video calls to stay in touch. The film demonstrates the power of seeing and hearing someone, and, despite their 12 week wait between recording and screening, the Brighton Boys’ awkward messages feel remarkably relatable today.