Crewkerne & District

Anorak Communications

A film making group who make documentary films on local social history and promotional videos for charities and community projects.

We meet by arrangement

Group Leader:Alan Keene tel:01460 73077

Anorak Communications Our next film project is going to be about Churchill’s Secret Army (Churchill’s Auxiliary Unit) These soldiers were part of the Home Guard and had special training with weapons and explosives. Their job to sabotage the Germans if they landed in Britain. They had dugouts and secret tunnels where they met and trained. Please contact Alan if you have any information

“Amazing” film-makers invited to visit New Zealand
A chance meeting in a church has led to a group of Crewkerne film-makers being invited to visit New Zealand where their film is a big hit. The New Zealand connection first came about when Anorak Communications, which are part of Crewkerne & District U3A, were shooting their film last year.
Called ‘The Power and The Glory’, it tells some of the fascinating stories associated with historic churches in Somerset and Dorset. While the members of Anorak Communications were at East Chinnock Church they met a couple from New Zeland. Jim and Anne McEwen, who were there at the same time researching their family history. Anne took a picture of the Anorak team standing in front of Agnus Dei screen in the church.
A copy of the film was sent to the couple and Anne has now sent an email to Alan Keene, of Anorak Communications, “and all the amazing team” with an invitation to come to New Zealand.
She says: “I gave a talk on my family ancestors from East Chinnock, which was followed by a showing of your film ‘The Power and The Glory’. It was a complete success and I have been asked to pass on our grateful thanks from all 55 members present. It was unanimous that we would love to see more of your team’s informative work. In fact, we would love to see you all out here.
“One of our members belongs to a local U3A group here in Tauranga and she said you would be welcome to visit groups throughout New Zealand. I encouraged her to go back to her group and discuss this with them. (I did mention you would need your fares paid.)”
Alan said: “We’re thrilled that they enjoyed our film so much that they would like us to visit New Zealand. I’m not sure it will happen, but it’s fantastic to be asked.”
Many other people also love the film, the latest of 18 films to have been made by the group of seven who do everything involved in making a movie – from the story conce

Film’s tribute to POW who never forgot a village’s kindness

A German Prisoner of War who never forgot the kindness he was shown by the people of a Somerset village is remembered in the latest film made by a group of Crewkerne film-makers. The film, called ‘The Power and The Glory’, was made by Anorak Communications group, which is part of Crewkerne & District U3A.

The 39-minute film looks at some of the fascinating stories associated with churches in Somerset and Dorset. One of those churches is St Mary’s at East Chinnock where almost all the stained glass windows and a glass screen were made and installed by Gunther Anton, a former prisoner of war, between 1962 and 1988.

The members of Anorak Communications who made the film are: Tom Jones, presenter; Brian Lawrence, camera; Colin Mayes, editing and directing; Stuart Nuttall, directing and editing; and Alan Keene, research and camera, who is also the group leader.

Other churches featured in ‘The Power and The Glory’ are: All Saints at Merriott, where a leaden heart case was found in the north wall of the chancel; St Bartholomew’s at Yeovilton, which fell into disrepair and was bought for £1 in 1992 by the air base and restored to become the Fleet Air Arm’s memorial church; St Catherine’s chapel at Abbotsbury; St Beuno’s at Culbone, near Porlock, said to be the smallest church in England; and St Mary’s in the ghost village of Tyneham, which was bought by the Ministry of Defence in 1943 and has been used for military purposes ever since.

Shooting and editing of the film took 18 months and many of those involved in helping the team with interviews and by giving permission to film were invited to the premiere.

Further showings of the film are currently planned at Crewkerne WI in January, Crewkerne & District U3A in February, Tatworth in February and March, Merriott in March and the Chard History Group next November. Any other organisations interested in seeing the film should contact Alan via email. Copies of the DVD, which costs £6, can also be obtained from Alan.

• The film makers have been contacted by a teacher from Manchester who has asked permission to show their 2012 film on the Taunton-Chard canal. “The request came out of the blue but we’re pleased to say yes,” said Alan.

Film-makers movie sells out

The latest movie made by a group of Crewkerne film-makers has become a bit of a blockbuster. Maybe not on the scale of the latest Star Wars film, but every DVD of their film called ‘The Power and The Glory’ has been sold in just a few weeks since its launch in November. More copies have been ordered, but will not be available until the New Year.

The film, about churches in Somerset and Dorset, was made by Anorak Communications, which is part of Crewkerne & District U3A.It includes the story of a German prisoner of war who never forget the kindness of the people of East Chinnock where he worked on a local farm. Between 1962 and 1988 he went back there many times to install new stained glass windows.

The film has become an instant hit and more enquiries have been received from local organisations, in addition to those already booked, asking for showings of the film. The members of Anorak Communications who made the film are: Tom Jones, presenter; Brian Lawrence, camera; Colin Mayes, editing and directing; Stuart Nuttall, directing and editing; and Alan Keene, research and camera, who is also the group leader.

“The response to the film has been really good,” said Alan. “We are now looking at a number of ideas for our next film.” In the meantime, the team is hoping to make contact with other film-makers in the U3A. “Who else in Britain’s U3A is making films and telling stories,” says Alan. “We’d like to get together, share information and ideas, and maybe organise competitions. Who knows where it could lead? But we’d love them to hear from them.”

Anorak Communications started in 2007 and since then has made 18 films. “A film will sometimes take a year from conception to completion,” he said. “Once we had three films on the go at the same time.” When available again, copies of the DVD, which costs £6, can be obtained from Alan via his email contact right.Organisations interested in having a showing of the film should also contact Alan.

Anorak Communications started in 2007 and since then has made 18 films. “A film will sometimes take a year from conception to completion,” he said. “Once we had three films on the go at the same time.” When available again, copies of the DVD, which costs £6, can be obtained from Alan via his email to the right Organisations interested in having a showing of the film should also contact Alan.

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Art Astrology
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Book Group 2 Bridge
Colour Therapy Craft
Digital photography Discussion
Folk Dancing Geology
Jazz Appreciation LINUX
Local History Opera Appreciation
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Rambling Rock and Pop Appreciation
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Skittles 3 Table Tennis
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