Extraordinary story of Bletchley Park veteran in Milton Keynes is brought to life in new web series
The discarded diaries of a Bletchley Park veteran are being brought to life in a new 21-episode web series.
To Be Continued is based on the stories told in a collection of journals found in a pile of rubbish on a Brighton road in 1998.
Written by Dick Perceval, covering the years 1925-1976, they vividly record his life, passions, adventures and tragedies during a pivotal period in the history of 20th century Britain and Europe.
Dick was recruited to join Bletchley Park in April 1940 and the collection includes a previously undiscovered journal that was written there.
It tells of his experience living and working at Bletchley Park, including stories of the secretive interview process that he undertook, the mental health problems he suffered as a result of the shift work, and his account of VE Day in Bletchley.
The series, made by video artist Becky Edmunds in collaboration with sound designer Scott Smith and actor Gerard Bell, brings Dick's story to life through the re-appropriation of archive footage. A cast of hundreds is drawn from old Hollywood films, public information broadcasts, cine club creations and home movies to tell his story.
Becky said: “21 years after first finding these discarded journals, they continue to fascinate me. Dick’s writing is so poignant and I feel compelled to share it with others. Highlighting uncanny parallels between world events then and now, his journals remind us that ‘history does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme’."
The 21 short films will be delivered to subscribers online for free across the year. It is being made in partnership with Screen Archive South East, and with funding from Arts Council England.
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