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WW1 wreck dive film to get more screenings

Two more screenings of the locally-made film The Hunt for Lady Olive and the German Submarine have been announced due to popular demand.

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Two more screenings of locally-made film ‘The Hunt for Lady Olive and the German Submarine’ have been announced due to popular demand after Monday’s sell-out premiere at Beau Sejour. (33148080)

Monday’s sell-out premiere at Beau Sejour was an indication of islanders’ interest in local maritime history, and concluded with a Q&A session with the 10-man team.

The film, which is narrated by award-winning actor David Harewood, documents a four-year journey searching for the wrecks of a British Q-ship and a German mine-laying submarine off Guernsey’s shores.

Sam Vahey, 25, had gone along with a group of his friends and was impressed by the cinematic quality of the production.

  • Listen to the story behind the documentary as Tony Curr is joined by filmmaker Karl Taylor, skipper Richard Keen and camera operator Peter Frankland

‘The photography is incredible and the underwater sequences intense,’ he said.

‘It’s a top-quality film which was well worth coming to see. I never knew this type of diving took place in Guernsey and I was amazed just how much activity there was in our waters during the First World War.’

Zoe Ash, 47, had a front row seat.

‘It’s an absolutely amazing story, full of twists and turns,’ she said.

‘Following the journey of the team who, over the course of four years, went from frustration and disappointment to success was completely compelling.

‘As well as solving a more than 100-year-old mystery, the film is a superb advert for Guernsey, it’s beautifully filmed and the islands look stunning.

‘I would urge anyone who gets the chance to go and see it.’

Producer and project leader Karl Taylor said afterwards that he was delighted to be able to announce two further dates.

‘It’s been a real privilege to see the first two nights sell so well and I’m pleased to have been able to secure two more dates for local people to see the director’s cut of the film on the big screen,’ he said.

The two new dates announced are Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 April.