‘This Wall is Crewe’ on the History Channel
Our award winning short film telling the story of the Crewe Works boundary wall is due to be broadcast on the History Channel.
It won the coveted prize of HISTORY’s Short Film Maker of the Year at last years award ceremony. As part of the prize the film will now be shown on HISTORY to a nationwide audience this beginning this Saturday.
The judging panel of experts included broadcaster and historian Dan Snow of History Hit TV, Co-Founder of Trip Historic Elli Lewis, Head of HISTORY Dan Korn, Chairman of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography Richard Everett and Duncan Wilson CEO of Historic England.
“The film was an incredibly personal story” explained Co-Director Jason Davidson. “The premise for the competition was for filmmakers to tell the story of a local historical site. Just as we began discussing what topic we would cover it was announced by the council that the boundary wall of the old main erecting shops of Crewe railway works would be demolished. This wall has become an iconic structure for Crewe residence ever since it was built and my own granddad and uncle have worked within its walls. I wanted to celebrate how important this seemingly forgotten wall was to the fabric and history of our town and its people before it was lost forever.
The Cheshire based filmmakers used archive footage, historical images and personal photographs to bring the story of the wall to life in just two minutes. “The criteria of the submissions was very strict, which meant we had to be very selective in how we told the story” said Co-Director Peter Roch. “We therefore decided to focus in on how the immensely skilled hands of those workers created the steam locomotives that made Crewe and its railway works world famous, and how these trains helped change both Crewe and the country.”
The screening of their film on a national broadcaster is hopefully only the start for the two filmmakers. “This was only the third film we’ve ever made, so to win the award and for the film to be shown on the History Channel to a nationwide audience is amazing! I’m just really pleased that through this short we can help bring the amazing and forgotten story of Crewe’s past to a wider audience.” Jason also added “we knew that other filmmakers would focus on the stories of castles, grand houses and battles, which all have their significance. However, its the buildings that most of use interact with everyday but take for granted that can have the most impact. The wall may not have the grandeur of a stately home or the might of a castle, but its walls created employment, communities, skills, and pride for generations of working people. We wanted people to take moment to ask themselves how these old buildings represent what it means to be from our historic railway town.”
This latest award tops of what has been an amazing two years for the two local filmmakers and their production company ‘Squeaky Pedal’. In October 2018, their film ‘This Little Chicken and the Victoria Cross’ which told the compelling and tragic story of the first London sailor to win the Victoria Cross during the First World War won the award for ‘Best Use of Archive’ at the Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival. In 2019 they were commissioned by Cheshire East Council to create the film ‘My Town Is Crewe’ a film that showcased Crewe’s creative talent and formed a key part of the councils cultural strategy programme.
“We both just have an incredible passion for telling stories” explained Peter. Neither of us have been to film school, so to be recognised by such prestigious institutions is truly humbling. I think our experience just goes to show that anybody can achieve something if they are passionate about making it and put their all into their endeavours.”
A full list of the broadcast slots for ‘This Wall is Crewe’ on HISTORY are as follows:
• Saturday 12th October 9pm before The Last Pope
• Monday 14th October 10pm before The Royals
• Friday 18th October 9pm before Nazis: Ultimate Evil
• Friday 18th October 11pm before Battle 360
• Saturday 19th October 9pm before Roman Vice
• Saturday 19th October 11pm before Consipracy
• Sunday 20th October 9pm before Captain Cook with Sam Neill