Project: Winton: From Penkhull to Prague with Love
Client: Stoke-on- Trent City Council/ Stoke-on- Trent City Centre Partnership/ Heritage Lottery Fund
We were tasked to share the inspirational story of a group of Jewish Czechoslovak children who fled Nazi occupied Prague during World War II and found refuge, community and friendship in Stoke-on- Trent, England.
We were thrilled to win a competitive HLF documentary tender and have the opportunity to deliver this important project. The Winton Children, dubbed this in honour of Sir Nicholas Winton who masterminded their safe passage, reunited for a weekend of reminisce 70 years since first meeting Penkhull Children’s Home. We were able to shadow them and capture their memories as well as the emotions stirred up by the visit to their childhood neighbourhood, as they reflected on the role the area had played in the further achievements of their lives.
We gave context to the story by securing interviews with Sir Nicholas’ daughter, Barbara,Lord Alf Dubs, Ruth Smeeth MP and historian Fred Hughes. In addition to archive photographs supplied by “the children” we were aided with footage provided by Stephen Spielberg Film and Video Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The resultant 32-minute film not only shares this story but asks the viewer to relate the plight of current refugees across the world.
“This is a wonderful production. Very moving, poignant, honouring and sobering. You have captured the core aspects to this story and its historical and contemporary relevance extremely well. I enjoyed, and was held captivated, every single minute.”
Jonathan Bellamy, Stoke-on- Trent City Centre Partnership