25 June 2022

9.45am to 4.30pm

IWM Duxford

AirSpace

£40

No additional entry ticket to IWM Duxford required with this ticket

Hear from the filmmakers of Lancaster

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Hear from the filmmakers of Lancaster

The story of the iconic aircraft flies onto the big screen at IWM Duxford!

On 25 June the filmmakers behind new feature documentary Lancaster will join us to discuss bringing the Lancaster story to life through the words of the last surviving crew members. Hear behind-the-scenes insights, from how the team found veterans to participate, to filming with the RAF’s Lancaster and working with IWM’s Film Department.

Discover more about Duxford’s Lancaster KB889 on a guided tour and get the opportunity to climb inside the rear area of the iconic aircraft. After lunch, enjoy a cinema presentation of the documentary, and a chance to talk to some of the filmmakers. Copies of the film will be available to buy on the day.

Ticket price includes an inside view of the Lancaster, talk and Q&A session with the film’s producers and directors and a full-length cinematic showing of the film Lancaster. Lunch is not provided. Children may attend with parental supervision. No additional entry ticket to IWM Duxford required with this ticket.

About the film

An outline graphic of a :Lancaster from above, against a dark background

About the film

Lancaster tells the story of the iconic Second World War bomber through the words of the last surviving veterans of the conflict, set in the context of the time. From the firestorms of Hamburg, through the famous Dambuster raids and the still-controversial bombing of Dresden, the emotional testimonies at the heart of the film tell of courage, fear, friendship, and moral ambiguity.

The film follows its 38 contributors as they join up, learn to fly, and go to war. With the enemy strong and RAF Bomber Command badly equipped, losses were high. But eventually, the tide turned with the introduction of the ‘Lanc’.

Lancaster marries authentic archive footage, including much previously unseen and re-mastered material from Imperial War Museums as well as other sources, with extraordinary air-to-air footage of one of only two airworthy Lancasters - operated by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – shot by the award-winning and internationally renowned aerial photographer John Dibbs.

Meet the Filmmakers

  • Trevor Beattie - Producer

    Trevor produced the Bafta-winning sci-fi Moon, directed by Duncan Jones. He also produced the acclaimed documentaries Nureyev and Attacking the Devil, before teaming up with David Fairhead and Ant Palmer on Spitfire. In 2016 he set up Trevor Beattie Films with ex-adland partner Jeremy Chatterton, and is now reunited with Team Spitfire to produce the much-anticipated Lancaster.

    Through his charitable organisation, The Jack And Ada Beattie Foundation, he developed a strong relationship with the UK’s D-Day veterans, and since 2009 has personally funded and overseen the annual pilgrimage of hundreds of veterans back to the beaches of Normandy.

  • Keith Havilland - Producer

    Keith Haviland is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning producer. His work includes major documentaries such as Last Man on the Moon (2014), Dying Laughing (2016), Mission Control: The Unsung Leaders of Apollo (2017), Spitfire (2018), Chasing the Moon (2019) and Gazza, which will show on the BBC in April 2022.  Work in production includes the psychological thriller The Portrait.

  • David Fairhead – Co Director

    David Fairhead has worked in the UK as a film editor since 1984. In 2006, he edited the feature documentary In the Shadow of the Moon, which won the Audience Award at Sundance.

    Since then, he has cut numerous award-winning films including The Flaw (2011), double BAFTA nominated McCullin (2012), Attacking the Devil (2014), Last Man on the Moon (2014), Death of a Gentleman (2015) and Mercury 13 (2017).

    In 2015 he directed and edited Mission Control: The Unsung Leaders of Apollo (2017). David co-directed Spitfire (2018) with Ant Palmer and directed Armstrong (2019) and has again directed and edited with Ant on Lancaster (2022).

  • Steve Darlow – Host and Co-producer

    Steve Darlow is an author and documentary consultant with twenty-one books to his name. He is often called upon as a contributor, consultant, or researcher for documentaries, such as Britain’s Flying Past – the Lancaster, the Smithsonian Channel’s Air Warriors – Spitfire, and most recently the feature documentary Lancaster due for release in May 2022.

    In 2009 Steve founded Fighting High Publishing, which has published over sixty books about military aviation in the Second World War, including the official books for the Bomber Command Memorial, London, and the International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln. Steve actively supports fundraising for military charities, most notably as an Ambassador for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, and in 2021 Steve was presented with the RAF Benevolent Fund Special Recognition Award. The RAFBF often call on Steve as a historical consultant, to appear on television, radio and podcasts, and provide website content for any RAF-related anniversaries.

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Lancaster is produced by Haviland Digital, Trevor Beattie Films and British Film Company.