New release in the Channel Islands of feature-length documentary on DVD-Video about the fortifications of Alderney, first of a series called Battleship Islands.
16/07/2012 - Alberto Tabone has today released a feature-length, presenter-led authored documentary about the fortifications of Alderney in a Limited First Edition in English only, called Battleship Islands - Alderney. The first episode of a series, it is also the first documentary to be made solely about the fortifications of this Island and on DVD. Produced in about a year with extensive research on the subject, it features contributions from local experts and a populist approach to appeal to both military buffs and the general public. The DVD is released initially only to selected outlets in the Channel Islands, with a possible multi-language International version in 2013. A supporting website is also active now at www.battleshipislands.com with future updates.
The documentary is 87 minutes long and encompasses all the main historical and technical aspects of fortifications in Alderney, which was a fortified base for the British fleet in Victorian times and occupied by the German army during WWII for longer than anywhere else. It was a crucial part of the Atlantic Wall and became its most densely defended stretch, with a dark and often unknown side to its fortifications.
It features explorations inside and outside the fortifications, detailed explanations with the aid of local experts and animations, plus relevant archive footage and pictures, for a narrative that will intrigue viewers and add unexpected interest to bunkers and forts, with engaging photography to illustrate the Island’s natural beauty.
The documentary is aimed mainly at those who are not familiar with Alderney or with fortifications, and generally at those interested in military history, and it is entirely the effort of Alberto Tabone who researched, wrote, produced, presented and funded the title as a tribute to the historical heritage of Alderney. The DVD also features an interactive map and allows access to additional sequences and content, available exclusively to purchasers of the DVD, on the series’ website. It is a limited batch with no certainty of future reprints.
“The programme is very well put together with high production values and does indeed tell an extremely interesting story” Ronnie Cairnduff of Alderney Week
“Excellent and well-done!” Trevor Davenport, President of the Alderney Society and Review Editor of the Channel Islands Occupation Society.
“The DVD was well researched and presented... And covered a lot of ground. I will be adding it to my collection.” Shaun Marsh of Castle Cornet fortress in Guernsey.
“It's well made and very interesting... Overall it's well written.” Clive Maltby, TV Scriptwriter and Director.
“A clarion call for urgently needed conservation and preservation of a vital part of our nation's history” - Tony Bulley, TV Producer
The title is available for retail now only in the Channel Islands, in a limited quantity, at selected outlets.
All current and future retailers will be listed on the website at www.battleshipislands.com