THE GREAT FEN SPITFIRE EXCAVATION

OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR THE AWARD-WINNING FILM BY MARTYN MOORE


Click here to watch the trailer



Official DVD produced by the Wildlife Trust. Only £6.00

CUT SEQUENCES

During the post-production process sequences were left out of the final edit. This page (click) rescues some of those clips from the cutting room floor.

PRODUCTION NOTES

Film-maker Martyn Moore writes here (click) about the experience of filming and editing the Great Fen Spitfire Excavation film.

BEST DOCUMENTARY

In October 2016 The Great Fen Spitfire Excavation won 'best documentary' at the inaugural St Neots Film Festival. Click here to read more.

WILDLIFE TRUST

This site is not produced or endorsed by the Wildlife Trust BCN. This one is. Greatfenspitfire.co.uk is run by the film producer to encourage fund-raising for the trust through DVD sales. You can visit the Great Fen website by clicking here.

FILM PRODUCTION

Film-making services used in the creation of The Great Fen Spitfire Excavation come from NorthLight Media Ltd. Cambridgeshire-based projects can be seen here. Our new venture offers a mobile production facility in a campervan.

THERE'S A DVD FOR YOUR TELLY

The Great Fen Spitfire Excavation is now available on DVD. For just six British pounds you can enjoy a 43-minute documentary, a film of the memorial stone dedication ceremony and two stunning still photo galleries. Order it here.

YOUR FILM-MAKING TEAM

Dozens of people helped to create The Great Fen Spitfire Excavation film. Here are three of them

ROSIE GOODMAN

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Rosie graduated from Newcastle University in 2014 with a degree in English Language and Literature. While job-hunting Rosie approached NorthLight Media about work experience and joined the Spitfire excavation. She found work in 2015 but was taken ill soon after she started. Rosie has written this moving article about her illness. We wish you well, Rosie.

MARTYN MOORE

CAMERAMAN, SOUND RECORDIST, EDITOR

Martyn made his first professional video in 1986 in the South Pacific. It's on a VHS tape in his loft, possibly. The chance to work on The Great Fen Spitfire project was a dream come true for Martyn who wants to make more factual films and documentaries. Since forming NorthLight Media in 2009 Martyn has made almost 500 short films.

CHELSEA NEIL

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

In the summer of 2016 we were joined by work experience student Chelsea Neil. Chelsea is studying film and television production at Middlesex University and although her ambition was to work on the game show Take Me Out, she now knows about the exciting opportunities in the many other parts of the video production sector.

ABOUT

Welcome to the website of the story of the film of the dig of the crashed Spitfire at the Great Fen

What to expect exploring this website

The week-long dig of the Great Fen Spitfire in October 2015 remains a powerful memory for all those involved. The activities at the dig site were recorded on film by a local cameraman. Thanks to the speed and reach of modern media, many thousands of people around the world learned the moving story of the crashed Spitfire that tragically claimed the life of Harold Penketh in 1940. The excavation and its media coverage led to the discovery of family members who had faithfully remembered Harold in private. In the months that followed the dig those family members told their story on film. The archaeologists and other professionals involved in the excavation were interviewed and the restored parts of the aircraft have been filmed. This website goes behind the scenes of the making of that film, offers unseen clips and shares even more of the memories. And if you want the whole story, you can support the Wildlife Trust by buying the official DVD.

Wildlife Trust info

  •   +44 1954 713500.
  •   The Manor House, Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6DH.
462

Days in pre/production/post

480

Minutes of footage shot

9

Number of edits/revisons

127

Number of DVDs dispatched

TESTIMONIALS

An amazing piece of history on our doorstep captured by Martyn Moore - a wonderful film-maker who has filmed me doing my street photography and edited my book. It is a fascinating and poignant story that will make a great gift at Christmas. Please consider buying the DVD and supporting the Wildlife Trust as this excellent film deserves to be seen by a much wider audience.

CHRIS PORSZ

Street photographer and paramedic
A good documentary takes you somewhere special. Martyn Moore's film does this. An easy to follow, uncomplicated narrative. It pulls you into a journey of reflection and discovery. His use of eye witnesses adds a personal connection and makes it easy to travel back in time to the root of the story. It pays homage, it shows respect, and most important of all, it makes you feel something.

CHRISTIAN PAYNE

Judge, St Neots Film Festival 2016

CONTACT

Use this handy form to send a message to film-maker Martyn Moore. You can also email martyn@northlightmedia.co.uk or call +44 7768 261276.