Alderney

ALDERNEY

Alderney The War Years Trailer from Eye Film on Vimeo.

This series was a crowdfunded passion project about the story of a British Channel Island off the coast of France in World War Two. On June 23rd 1940, Alderney and it’s people began a journey that would lead them through evacuation, occupation and Homecoming. The film took ous on a world wide adventure and led to research work in archives all over the world, including the UK, Germany, America & Moscow.

 

THE EVACUATION

The evacuation begins in the days prior to 23rd June 1940, and follows the Alderney island evacuees as they reminisce on their emotional and sometimes frightening journey form their homeland to their new lives as Channel Island refugees on the British mainland.

 

THE WAR YEARS

The War Years was the hardest film to make in the series, which meant it was the last one created. Finished in 2018, the film discovered more about the little known fact that Alderney housed the only concentration camp on British soil. This documentary looked to explore what really happened during the traumatic war years and the affect it had on the survivors and the island since.

 

THE HOMECOMING

After spending five years on mainland Britain, on Dec 15th 1945, the Alderney islanders finally began to return home. On their return they found their homeland changed forever. The island had been ransacked and looted, not just by Germans, and the film follows the impacts of this initial shock and the subsequent struggles to rebuild their homes and the community.

If you would like to order a DVD of any of these films please do get in contact with us. Alternatively, if you find yourself on the island of Alderney, you can pick up your DVD from the Alderney Wildlife Trust shop on Victoria Street.