Stratford Manor Hotel to screen new Dambusters film

There’s a chance to see acclaimed new film ‘Attack On Sorpe Dam’ at Stratford Manor Hotel and Spa at 3pm on Sunday, June 18

Tickets to the event, which will last two hours in total including an introduction and Q&A session with Andrew Panton, cost £20. Find them here.

As featured in FlyPast’s June edition, the new film, narrated throughout by the late George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, shares the full story of his crew’s unique strike on the Sorpe Dam.

It mixes computer generated imagery with scenes using real actors to follow the story of Johnny and his crew from volunteering for ‘special duties’ in March 1943, through to Operation Chastise – the legendary Dambusters raid.

In his own words, Johnny describes the dangerous low flying training and events leading up to the operational briefing on May 16, 1943, when his crew, skippered by Flt Lt Joe McCarthy, finally discovered what they were expected to do. The catalyst for the film came in 2017 when film makers Andrew Panton and Piotr Forkasiewicz met Johnny, who explained how the Sorpe required a different method of attack to that used to strike the other two dams.

Andrew told FlyPast: “Johnny was involved throughout the production, reviewing the research and screenplay as well as checking through the final edit to make sure he was happy with it.”

The premiere took place at the Bristol Aquarium auditorium on May 13, after which the film was released to venues around the UK including The Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa and IWM Duxford.

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