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The Stewkley Film Archive
Trinity House, Stewkley
Tel: 01525 240100
Contact: John Flewin


Date: March 2, 2010


March 2nd 2010 - The local DVD "Over Our Dead Bodies," telling the story of the fight 40 years ago by villagers to oppose the siting of what was proposed as Britain's biggest airport, has been shortlisted for the annual awards of the worldwide stock and archival footage industry. The DVD, released last year, is now pitched against two American programmes in the award category for the best use of archival footage in a production for the Home Video market, which includes DVDs.

The DVD was produced by The Stewkley Film Archive, created by villager John Flewin, formerly a television journalist and archive executive, as a retirement project designed to preserve local films and visual records, and make them widely available for viewing and enjoyment.

"Over Our Dead Bodies" is a 55-minute production telling the story of the 1969-71 campaign against the plan to build London's Third Airport, a scheme which would have meant the destruction Cublington, Stewkley and Dunton with their communities being moved away. Dozens of other villages and the towns of Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard would have been changed forever.

The DVD is based on the work of three local filmmakers, with additional material from the BBC and Anglia Television via the East Anglian Film Archive.

The award winners will be announced next month at a ceremony in London, and are to be presented by British film producer and politican Lord Puttnam, who is President of the award organisation, footage industry trade body The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International. In all there were 160 nominations from 20 countries for the 14 award categories, a figure which has been reduced to a shortlist of 44.

The announcement of the shortlisting came on the eve of the Stewkley Film Archive's next production, an evening of local films of and about the village to be held in the Village Hall on Saturday and Sunday (March 13 & 14). The show was to be a one-night event, but demand for tickets was so great that the Saturday night sold out within a few days of going on sale. Tickets are now available for the Sunday evening production.

The film show, entitled "The Way We Were and The Things We Did," includes films from each of the last five decades with subects including Stewkley May Days showing village children over the years, fetes, church and sports events, and even High Street Pram and Three-legged races. It includes one short airport campaign film which has come to light since the airport DVD was produced, a film that includes the best coverage seen to date of the demonstration organised by Stewkley villagers in Aylesbury on the eve of a local public inquiry into the airport proposal.

Further details, including tickets for the film show, can be found at

The airport DVD is is available for on-line pruchase, and is sold retail at the shop in the County Museum, Aylesbury; at Buzzard Books in High Street Mews, Leighton Buzzard; and at Harveys in High Street South, Stewkley.

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