Film maker Jodi takes second prize for his film about Soham Rail Disaster

TEENAGE film maker Jodi Knighton scooped a second prize in this year’s Cambridgeshire Young People’s Film Festival, and was presented with his trophy on Wednesday.

Jodi, 15, suffers from Asperger syndrome and ADHD, and his film about the Soham rail disaster of 1944 had been entered into a category for special school pupils.

“I was really pleased to get the award,” said Jodi, after the presentation ceremony at Cineworld in Huntingdon. “I am hoping to make another film sometime, as I am very interested in local history.”

Jodi, who lives in Ely and is a pupil at the Centre School in Cottenham, made the film with his friend Daniel Scarr from Bottisham. The footage told the story of how a wagon full of bombs on an amunition train exploded outside Soham station, as the train crew battled to move the burning wagon away from the rest of the train.

The fireman of the train and the signalman at Soham signalbox were killed, and several people were injured. The engine driver, Benjamin Gimbert. and fireman James Nightall were later awarded the George Cross for preventing the rest of the train exploding.

*Jodi’s film can be viewed on YouTube