Animated Film: Crayford’s Famous Admiral

Perhaps better known for his death and what it set in motion than what he achieved during his life, this film tells the adventurous, rags-to-riches tale of Admiral SIr Cloudesley Shovell (1650 – 1707) and coincides with the 300th anniversary of the instigation of the Longitude Act of 1714.

Over the course of three, day-long, workshops at Westminster Abbey, where there is a memorial to Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, children from Crayford Brownies, a community group and St. Paulinus C of E Primary School created drawings of pirates, privateers, ships, cannons and sea etc. as well as creating stopmotion sequences for this film.

As seems to be the way with films now, there is a whimsical shot after the credits have finished, so please watch it to the end.

Oh, there’s also some heavy metal music in the soundtrack by a band called… Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell. Brilliant!

The film took approximately six months to complete, was commissioned by Crayford Town Archive and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

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