Eric Brown - A Pilot's Story (Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Lecture)

20 April 2016

Weston Auditorium


Lecture begins at 18:15, preceded by a Buffet for all visitors at 17:00.

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Parking at the event is limited due to other University events however, a limited no of parking permits may be available on request. Please use local parking facilities if at all possible.

Film producer Nicholas Jones will give a talk about the life and career of Captain Eric Brown, RN.  It will be supported by clips from his feature-length documentary Eric Brown - A Pilot's Story, in which the late aviator tells his amazing story.   


Nicholas first met Eric through making documentaries about Sir Frank Whittle, for BBC's 'Horizon' and The History Channel.  He filmed Eric for the second of these, Whittle - The Jet Pioneer and this led to their meeting regularly afterwards.  Over lunch at the RAF Club's Running Horse Tavern Nicholas suggested he make a film biography of Eric, the core of which would be a long interview with him, and Eric agreed.  The result is Eric Brown - A Pilot's Story.

This film not only covers Eric Brown's well-known exploits but also delves behind the stories of his life and brings them alive.  It moves from sadness to humour, supported by rich archive and still photography, the latter mostly from Eric's private collection.  Yet Nicholas feels he best got to know Eric at their informal lunches, where Eric could be relied on to reveal something new.  This rich mix of source material will inspire this talk.

Nicholas has worked in television and film for over thirty years, making documentaries for BBC 1, 2 and 4; ITV; Channel 4 and various US and European networks.  His work has sold widely on DVD.

Speaker Details

Nicholas Jones


Weston Auditorium