Arnhem film teaches young about conflict
A WESTON College lecturer's moving documentary on a Second World War hero and his singer grandson is being used by the Royal British Legion to teach young people about the country's past conflicts.
Photo-media lecturer Richard Edkins' award-winning film Black Swan Story, has been screened on Channel 4 and could be seen by up to 2.5 million young people in the UK.
It follows singer Joel Pott from the band Athlete, following in his grandfather's footsteps at one of the brutal battles of Operation Market Garden at Arnhem in the Netherlands on September 18th, 1944.
Richard, 37, of Cairns Road, Bristol, said: "I was making a music video with Joel and one of his songs was about his grandfather, Major John Pott who died four years ago. I filmed Joel at the forest where his grandfather fought and was shot in the hand and leg. Unable to move he was left for 20 hours before being rescued by the Dutch underground."
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The documentary used actors to play the part of soldiers, Major Pott and his wife, to whom he wrote a moving letter as he lay injured, believing he would die.
Operation Market Garden was one of the most famous failed Second World War engagements which saw 30,000 British and American paratroopers flown behind enemy lines to capture eight bridges.
British Legion learning team spokeswoman, Helen Hill, said: "It's been incredibly well received and around 2.5 million young people have access to this moving memoir."
Richard added: "Black Swan Story seemed to take on a life of its own and it's wonderful to know it's been seen by so many people."
The film was also shown at Bristol's Orpheus Cinema as part of a showcase of award-winning short independent films and documentaries.