“Tell them of us” – a story from the local home front in 1917

Nick_Loven_150A few weeks ago we were sitting in the Redwood Café at Crowders garden centre in Horncastle when a shadow was cast over our table by a very tall man dressed as a World War 1 army officer. Not an everyday experience, but soon explained by the appearance of another fellow carrying a rather professional looking video camera. I recognised him as Nick Loven, a graduate of the former Media Production Department at the University of Lincoln, whose progress I had written about at various times between 2010 and 2013.

It turns out that the film Nick and his crew were making this time was “Tell Them of Us”, the world war one story of one Robert Crowder, whose family have kept a remarkable unpublished archive of documents and photographs. It is told from the home front in Thimbleby and Horncastle and from the perspective of those left behind. Robert Crowder died at Passchendaele in 1917 aged 21.

The film had its Lincoln premiere last weekend at the Collection, but you can still catch it there at screenings this month:  15th Nov 11am & 2pm and 16th Nov 11am & 2pm. It is also being shown in Horncastle, at the Stanhope Hall on November 22 at 7 pm – details here.

Nick is one of an increasing number of University of Lincoln graduates who choose to stay in an around Lincoln and make notable contributions to the life and culture of our county. In 2002 he and his uncle Chris Roberts graduated from the (then) Media Production Department at the University of Lincoln, and with Nick’s mother, costume designer Pauline Loven, set up WAG Screen, initially to make films for the Washingborough Archaeological Group (WAG!) Since then they have developed a successful family production business specialising in beautifully crafted Lincolnshire-based heritage films, such as The Lady of Shallot, The Luttrell Psalter and Tell Them of Us.

The production has also been chronicled on a special blog – fascinating reading for local people, visitors and film makers alike, and Pauline Loven has also written about the project from the costumier (and mum’s) point of view.

It’s so good to see Wag Screen have not lost their impeccable touch and talent for producing high quality films for the people of Lincolnshire. If you want to follow their story too, here are some links to stories I published for the University some time ago:

The Lady of Shallot
Crows Eye Productions & Wag Screen

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