“THE SHAMROCK SPITFIRE” narrates the incredible true tale of Brendan “Paddy” Finucane, a World War II fighter ace celebrated for his prowess in the air. As the youngest Wing Commander in RAF history, his journey becomes an epic chapter in the annals of military heroism.

The fate of Europe teetered on the brink as intense aerial conflicts unfolded in the skies over southern England. Among the courageous individuals enlisting, was Irishman Brendan Finucane, driven by his aspirations to take flight, making him one of the earliest recruits and one of the youngest Wing Commanders in the Royal Air Force at the incredible age of 21.

Finucane joined the RAF in 1938 and quickly rose through the ranks due to his exceptional flying skills and leadership abilities. Paddy Finucane served primarily in the Battle of Britain, where he gained recognition for his courage and effectiveness in combat. Flying various fighter aircraft, including the Supermarine Spitfire, he became one of the top-scoring aces of the Battle of Britain.

Despite his impressive military career, Finucane’s life was tragically cut short. He was killed in action on July 15, 1942, at the age of 21, during a fighter sweep over the English Channel. His contributions to the RAF and his remarkable combat record have left an enduring legacy, and he is remembered as one of the most skilled and daring pilots of World War II.

Shot in South Birmingham and North Worcester, featuring a fantastic cast, with Shane O’Regan’s outstanding performance as ‘Paddy,’ to Bethany Billy capturing Paddy’s heart as Jean Woolford and Chris Kaye as the brilliant Bluey Truscott, makes this a fantastic watch

I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of the award-winning film at Millennium Point, Birmingham. Superbly put together by Pixel Revolution Films and led by Dominic Higgins, Ian Higgins, Nigel Martin Davey and John A Dawson, The Shamrock Spitfire has already won 49 film festivals ahead of its release online in March. These include: Best Picture in the New York Movie Awards, Best Feature Film in the Hollywood Gold Awards and Best Biographical Feature Film and Best Historical Film at Cannes World Film Festival.

Nigel Martin Davey, Producer, explained that there were a total of 140 cast members working on this film and around 60 crew in the end. With this film becoming bigger than they imagined, the team thanked the many people who made this film possible. All of their hard work is so clearly evidenced in this wonderful display, honouring and paying homage to Brendan’s brilliance.

Review by: Lucy Plant

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