Action, heroism and courageous acts are what defines great stories of war, a definition that has been documented both in major motion pictures and short narratives.
But what about remembrance?
With the rapidly depleting veterans of the last Great War, the ever increasing distance between generations and the diminishing sense of community between neighbours, how do we teach the importance of remembrance and how do we inspire future generations to pass it on to the next?
"A horrifying, tension filled bombing run over Germany in 1944 that concludes with the crew of a Lancaster plummeting to earth, is contrasted by Fred, an elderly man in his 80’s, sitting in his cosy living room with his young neighbour Abigail, building a model Lancaster in present day. Abigail’s inquisitive nature leads Fred to start talking about memories he thought he never would. Unfortunately though, Fred’s story is abruptly interrupted by Abigail’s mother Aijona who, seeing a new enthusiasm in Abigail, decides to invite Fred out on a day to a local RAF museum.
Abigail, Fred and Aijona have a fun filled visit to the museum where they begin to learn more as Fred’s story about a young man’s journey in bomber crew brings life to the exhibits they are viewing.
Finally Abigail comes face to face with the real version of her new favourite toy, resulting in a moment of sombreness and a blunt but honest question to Fred. Is he the man in the story?"
A MEMORY OWED is an emotive short film that combines the action and horrors of war, whilst reminding us of our own responsibilities in remembering those that gave their lives. A short that can be just as at home in the classroom for education as it is at a major international film festival.
The “Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre” own a MkVII Avro Lancaster bomber called “Just Jane” – NX611 which can physically run and move but is unfortunately limited to ground operation. They are a privately funded, family owned museum that rely on ticket sales and donations to keep going. Their ambition is to get “Just Jane” back in the air again by raising funds and every winter slowly restore her back to airworthiness, each section at a time. She will become the second flying Lancaster in the U.K and the third in the entire world.
We will use the museum as the setting for the film. All interior Lancaster shots will be filmed inside "Just Jane," exterior taxiing shots of the Lanc will be filmed there and the emotionally climactic ending to the film where Abigail learns the importance of remembrance will be filmed there.
The film will be submitted to various, worldwide festivals which will hopefully in turn create exposure for the featured museum. Eventually, the film can be made available online for all to see and hopefully inspire people to keep educating the young and visit not only this, but all these great museums.
Final word: For me personally, this project could be an amazing opportunity to film a favourite and rare plane that inspired me as a child. But more importantly this could be the start of a contribution that would eventually result in the flight of such an iconic aircraft that WILL inspire and educate generations to come. Thank you.
- Peter Lancaster
- Jo Webster
- Peter Locke
- Daniel Richards
- Jessica O’Sullivan
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