Dam Busters film director dies (and the back story!)

A fascinating new post from Charles Foster’s Dambusters Blog:

“It’s sad to have to report that the film director Michael Anderson died on Wednesday night, at the age of 98. He was best known to readers of this blog as the director of the 1955 film, The Dam Busters, but this was just part of his long career in the film business. At the time of his death he was the oldest living Oscar nominee for best director.”

“By the early 1950s, he was under contract as a director to Britain’s biggest film studio, Associated British Pictures, for whom he would eventually produce five films. ABP had bought the rights to Paul Brickhill’s best-selling book, The Dam Busters and commissioned a script from the writer of Journey’s End, R C Sherriff. Anderson was selected as director”

“What is not widely known………is that the film was nearly scuppered by a contractual dispute with Guy Gibson’s widow, Eve, after the shooting was completed. Continue reading

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Lancaster crash story on video

Image courtesy George HorneI was recently reminded of a film called “Per Purum Tonantes”, made by a former student of mine at the Lincoln School of Media, George Horne. It’s an abridged version of a film he made about the night of the 18th February 1943, when Lancaster Bomber W4270 crashed in a farmer’s field during a training mission, resulting in the deaths of all seven of its crew. Lincolnshire historical researcher Di Ablewhite tells the story of how the film came to be made.

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Dambusters film remake delayed by WW1 project

Image courtesy Charles FosterCharles Foster reports that Peter Jackson’s remake of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, which has now been on the cards for almost 15 years, has been further delayed as the director now concentrates on his current movie project to bring new life to film footage shot during the First World War, held in the Imperial War Museum’s archives.

The film will premiere at the BFI London film festival, where it will be shown in 3D, before being shown on BBC One and sent to all schools for the 2018 autumn term

Charles takes a somewhat dim view of this news: “Everyone would agree that this is a very worthy venture, and that it will also showcase the cinematic techniques for which the Jackson team is justifiably famous. However, anyone with an interest in a certain other project which is supposed to be in his studio’s pipeline will feel more than a little deflated that this would now appear to be his priority. We are, of course, talking about the remake of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, which has now been on the cards for almost 15 (yes 15!) years.”

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Dams Raid 75th Anniversary

From the Dambusters Blog:

Preparations are now in hand for events next summer to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dams Raid. The first dates have now been announced:

 

 

Saturday 12 May 2018. The 617 Squadron Association Annual Dams Dinner will be held at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, for members of the Association and invited guests.

Sunday 13 May 2018, 10.00am. 617 Squadron Association Annual Wreath-laying Ceremony and Service, 617 Squadron War Memorial, Woodhall Spa. Members of the public welcome. Continue reading

“Remembrance” – a documentary play at the Broadbent Theatre

Remembrance is an original documentary play written specially for the Broadbent Theatre, Wickenby. It tells the story of the Conscientious Objectors who set up Pacifist Farm Communities in Legsby and Holton cum Beckering during World War 2. Many of them were involved in the founding of the Broadbent Theatre and many of their families remain active members of the local community today.

You can catch the play on 6th December at 7.30 and 10th December at 4.30. There’s more background information and a booking link here.

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Dambusters news

Charles Foster, nephew of Dambuster pilot David Maltby, has recently published  some new stories on his Dambusters blog, which you may find interesting:

 

 

 

Hopgood’s Shoolboy Diary

“If you are looking for a Christmas present for the Dambusters aficionado (or Old Marlburian) in your life, then you might be interested in this limited edition of Flt Lt John Hopgood’s schoolboy diary……” Continue reading

Lincolnshire Wolds videos

Earlier this month I noticed three rather nice videos on Youtube promoting the Lincolnshire Wolds which have now been compiled into one feature. There are quite a few scenes shot on our patch, dotted around the three original films, so it’s worth staying with it to the end. Why not sit back, take your mind off mustard gas down in the woods and see how many places or people you recognise!