Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Film in the Wings; Success of Spitfire Doco Leads to Military Drama

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Film in the Wings; Success of Spitfire Doco Leads to Military Drama

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Byline: Richard Bruinsma

A MAROOCHYDORE filmmaker who convinced late Australian movie legend Bud Tingwell to narrate his war documentary about Spitfires has invited the public to help him fund his next project, a short film.

Simon Van Der Spoel, a talented commercial director at Channel Seven, spent five years creating Spitfire Guardians, about the Australian Spitfire pilots and ground crew and their wartime experiences.

Mr Van Der Spoel was aware that Mr Tingwell (pictured) had flown reconnaissance missions in Spitfires during the war.

aWhen I got his reply that he was interested in narrating it, I was stunned and excited, but then overcome with worry as to how much it would cost to get some one of his calibre and to record him,a Mr Van Der Spoel said.

aHe calmed my fears straight away and said he would do it for free. Bud Tingwell was a true gentleman and great advocate for independent filmmakers.a

Mr Van Der Spoel was then able to secure the support of the Australian War Memorial, which donated the use of $38,810 worth of archive footage, and Temora Aviation Museum, which gave $50,000 worth of footage of its Spitfire MKVIII, the only flying Spitfire in Australia at the time. …

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