Horham link in new film which explores PTSD

Paul Cook, producer, and Carmel Hannant, writer and director of Magpie. ANL-150210-131250001
Paul Cook, producer, and Carmel Hannant, writer and director of Magpie. ANL-150210-131250001

A pair of long-standing volunteers of the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association in Horham have launched a project for a new film, exploring the “devastating” effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Written and directed by Carmel Hannant and produced by Paul

Cook, Magpie has a particular focus on the ‘Friendly Invasion’ when about 400,000 American Air Force servicemen came to East Anglia.

The main protagonist, Lily, sees her usually attentive and loyal husband, George, devastated by his experiences on the front line, growing distant, and eventually emotionally and physically abusive towards her.

Drifting further apart from George, Lily falls in love with an American serviceman based with the 95th Bomb Group in Horham.

The team behind the project are now appealing for help in reaching their £12,000 in order to produce the film. So far, more than £8,000 has been pledged via a Kickstarter campaign.

It would be entirely shot in Norfolk and Suffolk, using local cast and crews, while a brother of a serviceman who served in the 95th has joined as a producer of the project.

It has the support of the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association, Eighth in the East and Bury St Edmunds-based film and TV manufacturer Vitec Videocom.

Miss Hannant, of Dereham, told the Diss Express: “I just believe that a film is a really accessible form of media, especially for the younger generation.

“We want to show the smaller stories and the little things people have said in this form because these are the most interesting things (from that era).”

She added raising the £12,000 target was pivotal in the film’s production.

“It is an amazing amount so far and we have had some really generous donations,” she said.

Mr Cook, of Great Barton, near Bury St Edmunds, added: “Being long-standing supporters of the museum, we have met dozens of veterans of the 95th Bomb Group and other bomb groups.

“The stories told by them are just amazing, and you cannot begin to imagine some of the things these men went through to preserve our freedom. There are stories people no nothing about. Our biggest thing for this film is to get those stories told and preserve them in different ways to other people.”

For further information visit www.magpiethefilm.com. To donate to the Kickstarter campaign see www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulcook/magpie