A Spilsby-area museum dedicated to Lincolnshire’s aviation past has lent its support to an appeal to raise £500,000 to make a film inspired by Bomber Command.
The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, in East Kirkby, is backing the innovative project of Lincolnshire filmmakers Andy Burn, 48, and son Callum, 22, of Tin Hat Productions.
The pair are hoping to raise half-a-million pounds through an online appeal (so-called ‘crowdfunding’) to make their first feature production, Our Shining Sword - a Second World War film inspired by Bomber Command. It is a project that has already won the support of TV star Stephen Fry.
The heritage centre, which has its own Lancaster Bomber, was used for shooting a trailer for the film and a pitch for the online appeal. The centre has also given the go-ahead for it to be used if the crowdfunding drive is successful.
Manager Andrew Panton said the centre wanted to support local filmmakers, in particular those who were ‘going to make it right, make it correctly’.
He said: “We believe they are going to make a good job of it. It seems their heart is in the right place. We are keen to help them.”
The fundraiser was launched on Saturday when Andy and Callum premièred their latest production, Fray Bentos, at The Ritz Cinema in Lincoln. The trailer and pitch were shown as part of the screening.
Andy Burn said: “We feel extremely fortunate to have the support of Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. We have been huge admirers of their work and their beautiful Lancaster ‘Just Jane’ since we first visited the centre almost 10 years ago.”
To find out more about the project visit www.ourshiningsword.com