Friday 06 November 2015 - 09:56 to Sunday 22 November 2015 - 09:56

The competition Our Shared Past was coordinated by the British High Commission and British Council Canada. Its objective was to pay homage to the Victoria Cross and its recipients through the medium of the moving image.

From the multiple entries, two videos were selected and are presented below. Our two participants are travelling to London, UK this November! They will get the opportunity to visit notable film institutions and participate in historic tours to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Brett Rideout

20 years old
London, ON

 Tell us a little about yourself:

My name is Brett James Rideout, I am a 20 year old HBA student at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in London Ontario. My hobbies have always been video production and history so being able to combine those passions for the Our Shared Past competition was amazing. Being a descendent of Canadian WW1 and WW2 veterans made this project even more personalble for me.

What was your biggest discovery while learning about the Victoria Cross?

My greatest discovery was how courageous the actions were of  each and every winner  of the Victoria Cross. I would go as far to say that they hardest part of the project was simply choosing a single VC recipient to focus on as they are all heroes. 

What are you most looking forward to regarding your trip to the UK?

I am most looking forward to remembrance ceremony. As a Canadian with a long line of military ancestry I am honoured to pay my respects in London and remember those who fought and died to preserve our freedom.

Caitlin Vanstone

28 years old
Vancouver, BC

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am currently studying film at Emily Carr University and work part time at Apple. Outside of school and work, I am a singer and love to cover songs from the 1920s-1960's. Vera Lynn is one of my favourite musicians.

What was your biggest discovery while learning about the Victoria Cross?

I have always been interested in focusing on stories from the past. Before my grandfather (William Vanstone) passed away, I was lucky enough to film a short documentary about his experience during the Second World War. Although I knew about the Victoria Cross, I did not know there was a website section dedicated to the Canadian recipients. I was blown away by their stories of sacrifice and courage. My biggest discovery was finding how difficult it was to choose just one recipient for my video. 

What are you most looking forward to regarding your trip to the UK?

There are so many things I am looking forward to. I would love to visit the Chislehurst Caves and also Explore Notting Hill. I am looking forward to seeing what Film Institution I will be visiting and am also interested to see where I will be on Remembrance Day (Trafalgar Square?). It will be a very touching

Watch Caitlin Vanstone's video on the link below

Caitlin Vanstone's Video