INDIE WWII DRAMA
INDIE WWII DRAMA
Magpie is a Kickstarter-funded film that delves into the vast changes in the physical and social landscape of East Anglia during World War II. The film’s protagonist, Lily (Hannah Morrish), sees her usually attentive and loyal husband, George, (Matt Downton) devastated by his experiences on the front line.
Finding comfort in the companionship of Charlie (Mateo Oxley), an American serviceman with the Eighth Air Force based in East Anglia, Lily struggles to make sense of her feelings for both
At its peak strength, the USAAF had as many as 450,000 personnel in Britain. Half of them were stationed across East Anglia’s 70+ airbases: With approximately 3000 personnel at each location.
At the height of operations the United States Army Air Force were building a new airbase in the region at a rate of one per week, and at a cost of over $1,000,000 each.
By 1942, American culture had arrived in Britain and quickly began to shape the social landscape. Music and food were just two aspects that drastically changed with the arrival of the USAAF.
The ‘Friendly Invasion’ has left a lasting impact on East Anglia; some of its airfields still remain (a handful of which provided perfect filming locations for Magpie) and the memory of the Americans’ time here lives on…
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Magpie is an independent film based in East Anglia, shot entirely in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, by a talented, local cast & crew.
The film has been supported by a breadth of companies and organisations who recognise the legacy left behind by the United States Army Air Force and the stories that must be told.
If you want to keep up with the latest developments in production find us using @MagpieTheFilm on all social media platforms.
Many of the film’s locations are open to the public and would welcome new visitors interested in the fascinating history of the ‘Friendly Invasion’.
If you’re a local professional or business with an idea of how you can get involved with Magpie, we want to hear from you. Contact us by email, telephone or social media.