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INDEPENDENT BRITISH DRAMA EXPLORING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS, THE USAAF FRIENDLY INVASION AND EAST ANGLIA DURING WORLD WAR II

Directed by: Paul Cook & Carmel Hannant

Written by: Carmel Hannant

Starring: Hannah Morrish, Matt Downton, Mateo Oxley

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. Hannah Morrish plays Lily, a nurse whose husband George (Matt Downton) returns from war bearing both physical and emotional injuries from his experiences.
Lily finds comfort and companionship in Charlie (Mateo Oxley), a US Serviceman based in the village and struggles to make sense of her feelings for him whilst battling the breakdown of her marriage to George.

FACT SHEET

The People

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.

The Airbases

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.

The Social Impact

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 Legacy

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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CAST & CREW

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KICKSTARTER BACKERS

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DAYS SINCE DRAFT #1

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PRODUCTION DAYS COMPLETED

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.

SOCIAL

Join Us On Social Media

If you want to keep up with the latest developments in production find us using @MagpieTheFilm on all social media platforms.

VISIT

Visit the Film’s Locations

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’.

DISCOVER

Championing Local Talent

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.