John Wyver writes: I know that posting comments to blog posts is so late noughties, and as a consequence no-one does it anymore, but I did want to try this as an experiment – and I’m very grateful to those who posted below. Thank you!
Our new film Coventry Cathedral: Building for a New Britain was broadcast on 9 June on BBC Four and is now on BBC IPlayer for a year. The 75-minute documentary weaves together an account of the rebuilding of the Cathedral in the wake of a German bombing raid in November 1940 with the social history of post-war Coventry, and more generally of the country as a whole. We feel that it uses a wealth of archive sources in a distinctive and innovative way – and we’ve been absolutely thrilled at the positive response to the film.
I’m now updating this post to collect previews and reviews of the film, and to link to one or two resources, including my other blog posts. If you have watched the film and would like to contribute your thoughts away from Twitter, do please consider posting a comment below and help us develop a Coventry conversation. I am moderating what gets written but only to the extent of blocking anything offensive – I promise to feature the negatives along with any positives.
Posts on this site that provide more information about the film include the following (and I’ll be adding further posts in the coming days):
- Coventry postcard no. 1
- Coventry postcard no. 2
- Coventry postcard no. 3
- Coventry postcard no. 4
- Coventry postcard no 5
Most of the previews of the film to date have been straightforwardly drawn from the BBC’s press information, but Gabriel Tate contributed a peach of a response to the Telegraph on Saturday:
John Wyver’s film is a marvel, using the postwar reconstruction of Coventry Cathedral as a parable for 20th-century Britain. BBC Four at its best.
For a short taster, you can view a preview clip here.
Press reviews have included the following:
• Coventry and its cathedral – the rise and fall of an urban utopia: David Herman’s very kind words for The Article:
There will be no finer tribute to the city this year than John Wyver’s superb documentary.
Now, over to you…