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C4 enlists Windfall Films to recreate WWII bomb raid

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has commissioned The Return of The Dambusters, a copro between Omni Films Productions and Windfall Films.
April 14, 2011

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has commissioned The Return of The Dambusters, a copro between Omni Film Productions and Windfall Films.

The 120-minute special follows dam engineers, explosive experts, mechanics and aircrew as they restage the 1943 bombing raids on Germany. The end goal will be the creation of a 130-feet wide, 30-feet high concrete dam; a modified Douglas DC4 flying perilously low ;and one huge explosion.

Channel 4 history commissioning editor Julia Harrington commissioned The Return of The Dambusters. The doc has also been commissioned by WGBH NOVA and History Canada.

Ian Duncan, director of Windfall Films, said: “By attempting to recreate a near impossible WWII mission, this documentary encompasses everything from ingenious resourcefulness to high-octane suspense. The Return of the Dambusters will give viewers a unique and vivid insight into a momentous part of our history with a fascinating approach into reconstructing the bouncing bomb and building a model of the Möhne Dam.”

The Return of The Dambusters is produced by Tom Cook, executive produced by David Dugan and directed by Ian Duncan for Windfall Films. It is produced by Linda Hay and executive produced by Gabriela Schonbach for Omni Film Productions.

Channel 4 History Commissioning Editor, Julia Harrington, has commissioned Windfall Films to produce The Return of The Dambusters – an ambitious 1×120′ special following engineers, explosive experts and aircrew, as they try to recreate one of the most famous bombing raids of WWII.

In 1943 a squadron of Lancaster bombers staged one of the most audacious bombing raids in history; they destroyed two gigantic dams in Germany’s industrial heartland with a revolutionary weapon, the bouncing bomb. Those involved became known as the Dambusters. The raid itself is part of military folklore, celebrated for the ingenuity of the bomb’s inventor, Barnes Wallis, as well as the skill and bravery of the pilots.

It is easily forgotten just what an incredible technical achievement the raid was and how difficult it was to solve all the engineering problems involved. Now, almost 70 years later, a crack team of experts including dam engineers, explosives specialists, mechanics and aircrew are led by Cambridge engineer Dr Hugh Hunt who attempts to recreate the famous raid in order to work out exactly how it was done.

This is a restaging of the mission, not a dramatic reconstruction, so the team can’t rely on CGI or special effects. The end result will be truly spectacular; a purpose-built 130-feet wide, 30-feet high concrete dam, a modified Douglas DC4 flying perilously low and one huge explosion. With less time and fewer resources than their WWII counterparts, the civilian team will find themselves fighting some battles of their own in a present-day story that will prove just as gripping as the original.

Ian Duncan, Director, Windfall Films says: “By attempting to recreate a near impossible WWII mission, this documentary encompasses everything from ingenious resourcefulness to high-octane suspense. The Return of the Dambusters will give viewers a unique and vivid insight into a momentous part of our history with a fascinating approach into reconstructing the bouncing bomb and building a model of the Möhne Dam.”

The Return of The Dambusters is a co production between Windfall Films and Omni Film Productions. The 1 x 120 is produced by Tom Cook, executive produced by David Dugan and directed by Ian Duncan for Windfall Films. It is produced by Linda Hay and executive produced by Gabriela Schonbach for Omni Film Productions.

 

 

 

 

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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