First light

At the age of nineteen Geoffrey Wellum was one of the youngest Spitfore pilots to fly in the Battle of Britain. His extraordinary and brutally honest memoir First Light became the most unlikely of best sellers.

This drama/documentary tells the story of Geoffrey's time stationed with 92 Squadron at Biggin Hill during the height of the Battle of Britain in 1940. The film delivers an intensely evocative drama both on the ground and in the air.

Like the book the stark revelations in the film are a far cry from the clichéd image of the fighter pilot with the stiff upper lip, gunning with steely-eyed calm. 'Boy' Wellum reveals the fear and often heart – stopping terror he faces day after day. As his youthful joy of flying the Spitfire turns to deadly combat and a struggle for survival he agonisingly longs to be free and return to the world of youthful innocence – something he will never be able to do.

Behind the Scenes

A Manray Media production

  • Title: First Light
  • Duration: 1 X 75 minutes
  • Format: HD
  • Genre: Drama/documentary
  • First shown on BBC2 September 2010 now available at Amazon
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