Last week a team from Inspired flew out to the Czech Republic to film in Prague, Kladno and Lidice. It was a very successful trip and the team shot some great interviews with survivors of the atrocity, Mrs. Cábová and Mrs Sklenickova.
We also took the opportunity whilst in Lidice to meet with the Director of the Lidice Memorial Anco Marinov. We were able to present him with funds raised by Inspired and also by those who contributed to the Crowd Funder appeal earlier this year.
We also interviewed him for the film.
In addition to shooting in Lidice we also filmed at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. We met with Eduard Stehlik, a Czech historian and writer who wrote the excellent book, Lidice: The Story of a Czech Village. This book is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the story.
We also visited the Mayrau Mining Museum in Kladno to find out more about the history of mining in the area. We’ve heard a lot so far about the bond between miners working in the former Czechoslovakia and the miners in Stoke on Trent who donated a days wages to help rebuild the village of Lidice, and it was a great experience to visit the open air museum. It reminded us of our own experiences of Chatterley Whitfield back in Stoke and it wasn’t hard to see why the men who worked in these extreme conditions forged bonds that crossed thousands of miles.
Of course we also spent some time in Prague, after all it would be rude not to. Our visit to the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius was very moving. The paratroopers who shot Heydrich hid in the crypt and the Nazis laid siege to the church before the paratroopers eventually took their own life. There was also time to visit the spot where Heydrich was assassinated.
So another fantastic trip to the Czech Republic and its all systems go now as we start to put together shooting schedules for the new year. We’re still looking at a Spring-time date for completing the film and can’t wait to show you all the finished film.
Prague on a December morning.