Published: April 17, 2011
Capacity audience attends debut of beach pool history film

Over 100 people attended the first screening of a new short film on Saturday evening (April 16th) inspired by the history behind Burnham-On-Sea's former beach paddling pool.

The first peformance of 'For All Our Tomorrows' was held in Burnham's Princess Theatre, watched by a capacity audience.

Watch the whole film online by clicking here.

Several members of Burnham's Royal British Legion were also in the audience.

First featured by here, the drama stars two budding local actors, Alec Cochran and Jake Morgan, and it revolves around the history of the pool.

Burnham's former beach pool was built in the 1920s as a thanksgiving gesture by the Braithwaite family following the safe return of their five sons from the Great War.

The film was shot in the weeks leading up to the pool's controversial demolition in March 2010, as covered here. The pool was removed due to a combination of costly repairs and safety concerns.

In the film, Alec and Jake's characters, whose only experience of war is through video games, suddenly find themselves face-to-face with the reality of conflict.

Director Deb Richardson from the media charity Somerset Film told "The screening went well and I'm really grateful to everyone who came. We raised over £180 for the Royal British Legion and about £38 for Churchfield School PTFA."

"People were pleased that the pool would be remembered in this way but I think everyone would have liked a longer film!"

The film includes footage of the Great War, after special permission was sought to use archive footage from the Imperial War Museum collection.

The volunteer cast and crew created the short film as part of 'Capture Somerset', an initiative by media charity Somerset Film and the Windrose Media Trust, to find archive material and train community chroniclers to document the changing world around us and put existing material into context.

The film was shown on Saturday for the first time during a public screening at the Princess. A short documentary about East Brent's Harvest Home by Liz Brown, made as part of the same initiative, was also screened.

Our photo (top) shows the film's director Deb Richardson with actor Alec Cochran and camera man Alistair Campbell with members of Burnham's Royal British Legion at Saturday's screening


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