The exhibition on the making of the films 'Tell Them of Us' and 'William's Story' and the WW1 knitting created for them has just completed a run at The National Archives in London. Both films were shown at the opening event which was attended by special guests Debbie Bliss (Knitting designer) and BBC's John Tusa. The showing of the film was followed by a Q&A with a panel comprising members of the team who contributed to the making of the films: Nick Loven (director), Pauline Loven (Producer/Costumier), Adam Fielding (the actor who played William Crowder), Robert Crowder (grandson of William Crowder and researcher) and Jane Lawrence (knitter). We are delighted that members of the Crowder family were able to attend as well. In an extraordinary coincidence, another member of the audience (who lives overlooking the Archives and attends every event) found she was watching the story of her own family and so there was a surprise reunion amongst the audience.
The National Archives also requested copies of both films for the shop so we quickly put together a Special Edition Centenary Stitches DVD which included both films, plus an interview with some of the key knitters. The Centenary Stitches knitting pattern book was also sold.
The exhibition was well received and popular. Praise even came from the mother of a twelve year old boy who visited at half term, apparently he couldn't stop talking about the exhibition that evening. If Centenary Stitches could inspire a twelve year old boy, then that is praise indeed!
This weekend we hold the Charity Premiere of the drama-documentary ‘William’s Story, the follow-up to ‘Tell Them of Us’. All funds go towards the restoration of Thimbleby Church.
Stanhope Hall, Horncastle, Saturday 5th December 2015, at 7pm.
As a nation we rarely tell WW1 survivors stories, but here we have. The film covers the war experience of the surviving brother, William Crowder, as given in his memoirs, and how his war experience informed his life subsequently. By highlighting this we also show what Robert, and the millions who died with him, would never have.
We also touched on the work of Stanhope Hall, Horncastle, which was as an Auxiliary Red Cross Hospital during the war and recreated the ward for a scene. The same ward is now the community cinema which will show the film.