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Monday, September 29, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 7 of 8

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

It's 1944, and a turning point for the Allies in WWII. Manor Farm's flax field—a crop heavily used by the military—has suffered in the unusually wet summer of 2012. Alex and Peter try to reinvigorate it using Ammonium Nitrate, a chemical fertiliser, but the rain doesn't let up. It remains so wet, in fact, that Alex has to re-waterproof his coat, using linseed oil, paraffin and beeswax from the colony he started in Episode 6. Ruth, meanwhile, has been constructing a willow basket to hold carrier pigeons—used to send messages throughout the war, and often trained by farmers. Alex and Peter train some pigeons by releasing them from a 1930s fishing boat which saw service in WWII in the English Channel—and within half an hour, the birds have completed the 30 mile journey back to their loft. Without a hint of irony, Ruth serves wood pigeon 'salad' for lunch, set in gelatine and accompanied by grated carrot, grated beetroot and small boiled fingerling potatoes.


 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced by David Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

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