News & Events
15 April 2011
Cadets from Lincolnshire have become stars of the red carpet, as they made their film debuts in a selection of short-films created to promote museums throughout the county.
The historic Kinema in the Woods in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire played host to the international premiere of the impressive films, in an event which was attended by cadets, staff, family and friends.
The premiere, which was in association with Lincs Filmmaker, Lincolnshire Heritage Forum and Lincolnshire County Council, allowed members of various youth groups to see the films that they had created on the big screen.
A total of eight films were shot on location at museums throughout Lincolnshire, in a bid to help promote and keep alive the tradition of each historic location. Air cadets were involved in three of the eight films created, which included a day shooting at The Cottage Museum in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage and Royal Air Force Digby’s Lima sector operations room.
All of the films proved to be quirky and fascinating and were met by rapturous applause each time the credits rolled.
Speaking at an after-party for the event, cadets from 2160 (Sleaford) Squadron, who took part in the RAF Digby Operations Report Room film spoke of their excitement at seeing the film for the first time. Carl Blackman, a cadet at Sleaford Squadron said: “We were all amazed by the museum, so much so that the first time we walked in it felt like we had all gone back in time.”
The storyline of the film, which along with the script was worked on by cadets, featured a ‘Wartime’ theme, as cadets played members of the RAF who plotted the locations of aircraft in World War II.
Perri Slyfield, also a cadet with 2160 (Sleaford) Squadron said: “Seeing the film for the first time was great. Lots of work went into putting it together and it was good to see all of that on the big screen. I would recommend that anybody who hasn’t visited the museum goes to take a look. It is a magical place which has so much to offer. More young people should definitely take the opportunity to make a visit.”
Cadets from 1265 (Horncastle) Squadron had their own time travel adventure, as they spent a day filming at the Cottage Museum in Woodhall Spa. Housed in a rare 19th Century corrugated iron prefabricated building, the Cottage Museum tells the fascinating story of the development of Woodhall Spa from its Victorian beginnings through to modern times.
The cadets took the theme of the cottage fully on-board in their own short-film, which featured a number of extras, including a ferret and the villages own donkey! After seeing their film the cadets spoke about their day filming at the museum, which proved to be eventful. Cadet Sergeant Tom Galloway said: “We all had a great time filming, which was made even easier by the behavior of the extras! It was good to do something like this, as it is different and allowed us all to spend the day together in a different surrounding.”
One of the stars of the film, Cadet Andy Wilkinson enjoyed the day at the museum so much that he has been offered a position there during the summer. He said: “The museum was full of so much history and I would much rather go there than play on my PlayStation. More young people need to visit places like this, as it makes you appreciate what we have today.”
Before the end of the evening Meena Jeewa of Lincs Filmmaker said that all of the young people involved in the project had been a credit to work with.
She commented: “Without all of the young people here tonight this would not have been possible. The cadets are a credit to the Air Cadet Organisation and their input to the project was fantastic. We could not have done this without them.”
All of the videos are now available to watch online and the link to access each can be found below:
Lincs Heritage Forum Videos