‘Calling Blighty’ Brighton

Calling Blighty Brighton – help us find these families!

We are looking for the families of 124 service personnel who sent home on-camera messages from the Far East in World War Two. The Calling Blighty series of 12 minute films, made in 1944-46, were shown in cinemas back home and haven’t been screened since the War.  The North West Film Archive, Imperial War Museums and Screen Archive South East are collaborating to hold a special event in Brighton.

We will screen selected messages from many of the surviving Calling Blighty issues, and a special compilation of highlights from the Brighton films.  The scene will be set with an evocative short film of scenes of Brighton during WW2 from our Screen Archive South East collection, and a talk on the background to the making of the Calling Blighty films.

Our quest is, with your help, to find veterans and relatives – do you know any of these servicemen and women?

Click the Brighton button on this link, see the films and search for your relative here https://www.nwfa.mmu.ac.uk/blighty/index.php

Do you:

belong to one of the families?

know of someone who is connected?

know something about the films or the original screening?

want to come to the screening on 16th June?

Please contact Marion Hewitt at the North West Film Archive by emailing blighty@mmu.ac.uk or by calling 0161 247 3097.  (Marion is organising the project and co-ordinating replies and responses.)

Organised by North West Film Archive and Screen Archive South East a screening will take place at the Sallis Benney Theatre at the University of Brighton on 16th June.