Student Spitfire film screened at Imperial War Museum

"To be selected for the festival and have this recognition is a big step for us. The Imperial War Museum is the best place for it to be shown."

Tom Andrews, BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology

A student documentary celebrating the Spitfire's Staffordshire roots is being screened at the Imperial War Museum this week.

'Origins of the Spitfire' was made by a group of friends while studying BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology at Staffordshire University and has been selected for the Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival taking place from 25 - 29 October.

The film was inspired by a Spitfire that crashed on a Staffordshire Moorlands farm in 1940 where student Callum Robinson's great grandfather lived.

Callum explained: “The Spitfire crash has always been a story in my family passed down from my great grandad. When we were contemplating documentary ideas I mentioned it in passing but the more we spoke about it the more we realised it would be a great project.”

The Spitfire plane was the brainchild of Kidsgrove designer Reginald Mitchell who worked with local engineering companies producing the machines throughout World War II.

Callum and course mates Tom Andrews, Liam Goodlad and Ben Walker sourced interviews, photographs and archive footage for the 20-minute documentary including unseen clips of the film Battle of Britain.

Tom Andrews, who directed the film, said: “The spitfire is such an important part of military history and had a huge impact on World War II, not just in the Battle of Britain.

“To be selected for the festival and have this recognition is a big step for us. The Imperial War Museum is the best place for it to be shown.”

The film, originally titled 'The Shrew', received praise when it was screened locally last year and will now be shown during the Legacy screenings of the IWM Film Festival.

The annual event showcases imaginative and challenging films, inspired by the causes, course and consequences of conflict and its impact on people’s lives. The festival shows documentaries, dramas and animations from all over the world, including professional, student and amateur filmmakers.

Having graduated this summer the group hope that the festival will kick-start their careers. There are six award categories at the festival including an Audience Vote and Tom is hopeful that the documentary might win a prize.

He added: “The festival is a great platform. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet people in the film and television industry which hopefully might even lead to work on future projects.”

'Origins of the Spitfire' will be shown at the following times during the festival:

 Thursday 25th October, 13:00 
 Saturday 27th October, 12:00
 Monday 29th October, 14:00