Kent film-maker Peter Williams has now completed his epic, full-length feature documentary telling the tale of one of the bloodiest battles of the second world war.
A Canterbury Tale; Albert Figg and The Battle for Hill 112 was premiered as part of the 2022 Canterbury Festival at a well-attended event in the Great Hall at Kent College, supported by The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Pat Todd.
The film’s launch marked a significant milestone for the Hill 112 Memorial Foundation, which has spent several years commissioning and funding this remarkable work, as well as the culmination of what was very much a ‘labour of love’ for the film-maker.
Albert Figg himself asked Peter to make the film, which was based around filmed interviews with some of the men who took part and has received critical acclaim since its launch.
The documentary was quickly bought by the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) and was screened on Forces TV and to all British forces on 2 and 3 June during Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Nicola Green of BFBS described it as "a soldier's story of heroism, determination and achievement, relevant to servicemen and women everywhere”, adding: “It is also the story of a battle which, amid all the coverage of D Day and the weeks that followed, has not had the attention it deserved. We are delighted to have secured it for its first broadcast."
Albert spent the last 30 years of his life creating the memorial on the crest of Hill 112, just outside Caen, but died before his last wish for a documentary of the event could be completed. While that last wish has now been fulfilled, The Hill 112 Memorial Foundation, led by chairman Annette Oliver, Albert's daughter, is still raising the cash to pay for it.
You can help by buying a copy of this amazing film on DVD for just £15, plus £2.50 postage.