Documentary – Gervase tells the incredible and moving story of Michael ‘Gervase’ Peel, a World War II bomber pilot who, at just 21 years of age, was shot down behind enemy lines, jumped from a burning aircraft, traveled on foot across Nazi occupied territory and eventually captured becoming a P.O.W.
Winner / Best Documentary Feature & Best Editing in a Documentary Feature- Documentary Screen Awards 2020
Finalist – New York International Film Awards 2020
Winner / Silver Award Spotlight Documentary Film Awards 2020
Nominated ‘Best Editing in a Documentary’ – Southampton International Film Festival 2020
Semi Finalist – Hitchcock Film Awards 2020
Semi Finalist – Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival 2020
His story is pieced together through interviews, spanning nearly 35 years, as he recounts his own life and comes to term with having bombed civilians, witnessed the horrors of war first hand, his personal struggles with dementia (“forgettery” as he called it) and post traumatic stress.
Profoundly relevant today, commenting on both the ethics of aircraft bombing and the gradual loss of the last WWII veterans.
The film utilising new interviews, home movies and WWII archive material from the IWM Film Archive.
Directed by Michael Peel
Produced by Michael Peel / Phil Peel / Ted Wilkes & Tristan Tull
A BottleRocket Film Production with Grindstone Films and Regent’s University London.