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Film producers say it was never intending to fly Nazi flags outside airport on D Day

The Argus: Film producers say it was never intending to fly Nazi flags outside airport on D Day Film producers say it was never intending to fly Nazi flags outside airport on D Day

FILM producers have come under fire after flying swastikas outside Brighton City Airport just 24 hours before D-Day.

The Nazi flags were flying just metres away from a war memorial at the Shoreham airport on Thursday as final preparations were being made across the county and in Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

But filmmakers of the Woman in Gold have defended the move, saying Thursday was the one possible opportunity they had to shoot the scene.

Adur District Councillor Emma Evans asked the filmmakers to remove the flags after residents had raised concerns and the last one came down on the morning of the D-Day anniversary.

The airport had been chosen because of its unique art deco design, which fitted with the period of the film .

The all-star cast of the film, which is being produced by BBC Films and the Weinstein Company, includes Dame Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Charles Dance and Henry Goodman. The movie will tell the true-life story of Jewish World War 2 survivor Maria Altmann, who fought the Austrian Government to retrieve several paintings by Gustav Klimt that were stolen from her family.

Coun Evans said: “A number of local residents contacted me on Thursday morning via Facebook and phone, regarding the Nazi flags being flown at the airport during filming of Woman in Gold.

“I met with the location manager for the film, David Brooder, who recognised the sensitivity of the timing being so close to the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

“The flags were removed last night, apart from one which was taken down first thing on Friday morning.”

East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton said on Twitter: “Shoreham Airport will not look like this on D Day 70th anniversary tomorrow thanks to Cllr Emma Evans A BBC Film spokeswoman said: “We were only ever shooting for one day.

“Shoreham Airport is the only airport in keeping with the period of the film and yesterday we had one day of filming possible and shooting was completed yesterday.

“The flags were never going to be flying on D-Day itself.”

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10:18am Sat 7 Jun 14

The Real Phil says...

“The flags were never going to be flying on D-Day itself.”

Yet one of them was. Total lack of respect.
“The flags were never going to be flying on D-Day itself.” Yet one of them was. Total lack of respect. The Real Phil
  • Score: -19

10:50am Sat 7 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

"Adur District Councillor Emma Evans asked the filmmakers to remove the flags after residents had raised concerns...."

Pathetic beyond belief.

The flags weren't even due to be flying on June the 6th, so.....

"“Shoreham Airport will not look like this on D Day 70th anniversary tomorrow thanks to Cllr Emma Evans..."


was total ****.
"Adur District Councillor Emma Evans asked the filmmakers to remove the flags after residents had raised concerns...." Pathetic beyond belief. The flags weren't even due to be flying on June the 6th, so..... "“Shoreham Airport will not look like this on D Day 70th anniversary tomorrow thanks to Cllr Emma Evans..." was total ****. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 6

11:57am Sat 7 Jun 14

Man of steel says...

I expect a lot of minus scores, but I think that the flags were a stark reminder of what could have happened without heros like Bernard and all of the others.
I expect a lot of minus scores, but I think that the flags were a stark reminder of what could have happened without heros like Bernard and all of the others. Man of steel
  • Score: 29

12:11pm Sat 7 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Man of steel wrote:
I expect a lot of minus scores, but I think that the flags were a stark reminder of what could have happened without heros like Bernard and all of the others.
You got a 'plus' from me.

Lest we forget, and all that.
[quote][p][bold]Man of steel[/bold] wrote: I expect a lot of minus scores, but I think that the flags were a stark reminder of what could have happened without heros like Bernard and all of the others.[/p][/quote]You got a 'plus' from me. Lest we forget, and all that. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 14

12:17pm Sat 7 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Which 'residents', exactly?

The place is in the middle of nowhere.
Which 'residents', exactly? The place is in the middle of nowhere. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 13

12:40pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

If the local residents (and yes, there are a few flats which have a vague view of the airfield) feel so strongly then we should pull the place down so that it can never be used in such a disrespectful way again. Then we can build a whole load of flats there instead. I'm sure that NOBODY has a problem with that, so I will expect only plus recommendations. Negative recommendations will obviously only come from Nazis...
If the local residents (and yes, there are a few flats which have a vague view of the airfield) feel so strongly then we should pull the place down so that it can never be used in such a disrespectful way again. Then we can build a whole load of flats there instead. I'm sure that NOBODY has a problem with that, so I will expect only plus recommendations. Negative recommendations will obviously only come from Nazis... Goldenwight
  • Score: -11

3:19pm Sat 7 Jun 14

NickBrt says...

If airport does get redeveloped please can it become a travellers site, we don't have enough of them locally.
If airport does get redeveloped please can it become a travellers site, we don't have enough of them locally. NickBrt
  • Score: 4

5:54pm Sat 7 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Goldenwight wrote:
If the local residents (and yes, there are a few flats which have a vague view of the airfield) feel so strongly then we should pull the place down so that it can never be used in such a disrespectful way again. Then we can build a whole load of flats there instead. I'm sure that NOBODY has a problem with that, so I will expect only plus recommendations. Negative recommendations will obviously only come from Nazis...
It was a film set, ffs.......
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: If the local residents (and yes, there are a few flats which have a vague view of the airfield) feel so strongly then we should pull the place down so that it can never be used in such a disrespectful way again. Then we can build a whole load of flats there instead. I'm sure that NOBODY has a problem with that, so I will expect only plus recommendations. Negative recommendations will obviously only come from Nazis...[/p][/quote]It was a film set, ffs....... ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 6

12:10am Sun 8 Jun 14

FatherTed11 says...

Oohh we have an airport here in Brighton now do we? How did the greens ever allow this?
Oohh we have an airport here in Brighton now do we? How did the greens ever allow this? FatherTed11
  • Score: -3

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