Tell Them of Us Première Weekend – Part 2 – Saturday and Sunday

Saturday was the day of the première. It was at 11 am, and not a red carpet affair. It was, though, very definitely an Occasion! The theatre was full, and almost all the cast, crew, volunteers etc were there.

PhotoELF Edits: 2014:11:10 --- Save - Overwrite --- resizeAlthough not quite finished, the film is fabulous. It is about 70 minutes long, and tells the story of the Crowder family and their household in the last two years of the war. Grace (the older sister) narrates the story, and you know from the start that Robert dies. The whole thing looks so good, with period scenery etc, and the clothes are just right. The knitting complimented the look of the film without dominating the costumes. When the list of knitters came up in the credits, though, there was a burst of applause.

After the film there was lunch. This was a chance for the knitters who had been able to get to Lincoln for the day to get together for an ‘official’ photo, thanks to Stewart Wall. Two knitters had come over from the States specifically for the weekend – Judith Brodnicki and Mary Lou Egan. I thoroughly enjoyed having a chance to speak with so many who had worked so hard over the months.

Some of the knitters attending the première.  Photo copyright Stewart Ward
Some of the knitters attending the première. Photo copyright Stewart Wall

We found out later that the food left over from the lunch had been collected and taken out to feed the homeless that evening – a lovely touch.

Photo thanks to Richard Speed and ECHO
Photo thanks to Richard Speed and ECHO

In the afternoon, Pauline Loven, the mastermind behind the costumes (and much else) took Mary Lou, Jane Lawrence and I on a tour of some of the locations used in the film. It was interesting to see how cleverly the camera had been positioned to give a 1910s landscape.

Baumer Park, used for exterior shots
Baumer Park, used for exterior shots
The 1910s 'road' is actually the track from the main road
The 1910s ‘road’ is actually the track from the main road
Thimbleby village.  Details of the architecture being explained to Mary Lou by Pauline
Thimbleby village. Details of the architecture being explained to Mary Lou by Pauline
Jane, Pauline and Mary Lou outside the village hall, which was once the school
Jane, Pauline and Mary Lou outside the village hall, which was once the school
The war memorial which started the project with the knitted poppy wreath given to the church
The war memorial which started the project with the knitted poppy wreath given to the church
Looking down Thimbleby main street from the church
Looking down Thimbleby main street from the church

Sunday saw many of the knitters and their friends at the Centenary Stitches exhibition in The Collection, Lincoln’s museum. Many of the costumes from the film are displayed here, and Pauline and her helpers have done a fabulous job of displaying so much knitwear.

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5 thoughts on “Tell Them of Us Première Weekend – Part 2 – Saturday and Sunday

  1. I am glad the filmmakers included the knitters in the premiere. What a fascinating exhibition! I hope it will be donated so that a museum will make it part of a permanent display on the history of knitting, and that the display will travel around the UK and the rest of the knitting world for all to see close-up.

  2. Very well done to all concerned! So much talent and hard work. Good to see the knitters recognised – it must have given those on the Home Front a feeling that they could do something positive to help their boys ‘over there ‘.

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