Would you watch a programme that interviewed Michelangelo whilst he created his David ? Imagine if there had been a film crew around when Nelson’s Column was being built. Imagine the huge public interest there would be even today.
Opportunities like these don't come around everyday. It was while making a programme about the construction of the Battle of Britain London Monument that ASA Productions came across probably one of the most promising young British artists of the 21st Century, Paul Day, and realised the great potential in a programme about the artist himself.
This art/history programme explores Paul’s career to date and describes the techniques he used to create the two friezes and ‘Scramble’ centrepiece of the Monument. It document his first thoughts on what would prove to be a life-changing commission. Exploration will take place into his work up until the point of the unveiling in September 2005 by HRH the Prince of Wales.
Interviews with his admirers and supporters who include Jilly Cooper, Sir Jeffery Archer, Lord Tebbit, Dame Vera Lynn and many more will shed further light on his abilities as one of Britain’s most talented, up and coming new sculptors.
Paul’s college tutor, art critics, art collectors and gallery owners like Alexandre Grosjean of the Galerie de la Reine in Brussels will expand upon the flair exhibited in Paul Day’s work and delve into the factors that makes his output unique.
The programme will also explore the history of the Battle of Britain and how this was portrayed in the finished sculptures. Historical background to the project will include the previous use of the chosen site on the Victoria Embankment as a smoke outlet for early steam-pulled trains of the District Line of the London Underground and how this line was only made possible by the construction of the Embankment itself by the renowned engineer Joseph Bazalgette.
The artist takes us through the intricate sculpting process and we follow him through all the challenges he faced meeting such a pressured deadline. The race to be ready in time is paralleled by the struggle of the Battle of Britain London Monument Committee to raise sufficient funds to complete the project.
This exclusive footage of such a significant piece of work commemorates a turning point in world history and is a tribute to all those who died by all those who were saved.
“This is Paul Days work that has come out of the lives of others.” - Paul Day
Extended programme not seen on TV
- Scene Selection
- Extended interview with Paul Day
- Extended Interviews with Battle of Britain airmen
- Stills taken during production
E Exempt from classification
Length 100 minutes approx
Aspect Ratio 16:9