Put together by our very own ‘Red Feather Belle’ (Carmel Hannant) and very good friend of the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association, Paul Cook. Magpie will tell the untold stories of life in East Anglia during the 1942–1945, and explore the often forgotten issue of PTSD.
Our film delves into the vast changes in the physical and social landscape of East Anglia during World War II. The film’s protagonist, Lily, sees her usually attentive and loyal husband, George, devastated by his experiences on the front line. Whilst on the frontline, George witnesses the shocking death of his best friend. His life-changing experiences in battle leave him emotionally and physically damaged.
Upon returning home he becomes detached from his marriage and the reality of his situation. Though this is certainly not a generalisation of those who served, Magpie uses this storyline to portray the suffering that many servicemen (and their families) went through in this period.
Symbolising the vast changes in the landscape of East Anglia during WWII, Lily drifts further and further apart from George, instead finding comfort in the arms of an American Serviceman stationed at Horham with the 95th Bomb Group. She finds safety and comfort in their friendship whilst George stays confined to their home, growing ever more paranoid and disconnected from their marriage.
Our Kickstarter Campaign
We strongly believe that without the support of living history groups giving their time and vast collection of props, vehicles and expertise, Vitec Videocom providing equipment, and organisations like The 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association and Eighth in the East, this film project would require a gigantic budget. But we are incredibly lucky to have that support and therefore know that we can make this project a reality for a lot lot less
Here’s a link to our Kickstarter page. Please watch the trailer and support us if you can!
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