First-hand recollections of Second World War veterans and civilians have inspired the new drama being produced by East Lindsey District Council and Red Dog Film.
The 20 minute film charts the emotional journey of a seven man Lancaster Bomber crew as they undertake a perilous night time mission across occupied Europe.
Funding from Centrica Energy, as part of its 2012 SO Festival sponsorship, has enabled the council to work with Lincoln-based film production company, Red Dog Film, to produce the heritage drama simply entitled ‘Lancaster’.
There is also a strong educational element surrounding the film, which will be taken into schools to show students what life was like at that point in history.
‘Lancaster’ is being produced by award-winning director, Philip Stevens, and producer, Tom Walsh, for Red Dog Film. The film has been shot using top industry equipment.
Among those whose stories influenced and informed the film is 92-year-old Lancaster Bomb Aimer, Les Rutherford, and Bob Carter who was a boy at the time living on a farm next to RAF Scampton and vividly remembers living underneath the busy Lincolnshire skies during the Second World War.
‘Lancaster’ was filmed using the beautiful Just Jane as its main location, the Avro Lancaster Bomber is housed at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, near Spilsby.
The film will be premièred as part of the SO Festival at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre on June 28. It will be free to attend. But tickets must be booked.
It is hoped that as well as going into schools, the film will also be made available for free to community groups and also online.
For more information please contact Lorrie Stock at East Lindsey District Council on 01507 601111.
Tickets for the premiere can be booked via the Aviation Heritage Centre’s website at www.lincsaviation.co.uk/events or by calling 01790 763207.