Kettering’s Odeon cinema was transported back in time 70 years on Monday evening at the premiere of a film about the town’s Second World War history.
Filmmaker Gary Halliday, from the Northamptonshire-based UK Film School, was unveiling his film – called The Day the Americans Came – at the event.
Dozens of people, many wearing 1940s themed dress, were invited along.
The film mixes interviews with people who lived in Kettering during the Second World War with re-enactments acted out by living history groups.
Jacqueline Edge, who produced the films alongside director Gary, said: “It took about four months to put the film together since we got the green light from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
“Our first task was to make contact with people who lived in Kettering during the war and get their stories.
“We put up posters and handed out flyers and visited residential homes and we got some really good interviews.
“One of the people we interviewed was called Betty West, and we were very lucky to find her because she lived near where the Carpetbaggers were based, near Harrington, during the war.”
Some of the stories acted out on screen include scenes at a Kettering dance hall, a fight between locals and US servicemen in a town pub and a scene where a GI visits a Kettering family for Sunday lunch and the differences between the cultures become very marked.
Mr Halliday said: “The stories in the film highlight the importance of understanding and accepting people from different cultures, an issue that is still relevant today over 60 years later and will enable local people from different generations to work together to produce a film that will provide a lasting legacy.”
The film is being shown again at the Cineworld cinema in Sixfields, Northampton, this Sunday at 10.15am. TFor ticket enquiries contact email@example.com.
After that it will be available through Kettering Library and is being shown at primary schools.
The UK Film School is also making it available online at www.ukfilmschool.org.uk, in the next few days, as well as on its You Tube channel.